Microsoft Tunnel Miniport Adapter Driver Service Defaults in Windows 8

Microsoft Tunnel Interface Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Microsoft Tunnel Miniport Adapter Driver
Service name:tunnel
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Group:NDIS
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\DRIVERS\tunnel.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\tunnel

Default Behavior

The Microsoft Tunnel Miniport Adapter Driver service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If Microsoft Tunnel Miniport Adapter Driver fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the tunnel service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Microsoft Tunnel Miniport Adapter Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config tunnel start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The tunnel service is using the tunnel.sys file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32\DRIVERS folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.