Hyper-V Guest Service Interface (vmicguestinterface) Defaults in Windows 8

Provides an interface for the Hyper-V host to interact with specific services running inside the virtual machine.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Hyper-V Guest Service Interface
Service name:vmicguestinterface
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\ICSvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vmicguestinterface
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege

Default Behavior

Hyper-V Guest Service Interface is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Hyper-V Guest Service Interface is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Hyper-V Guest Service Interface 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 vmicguestinterface service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Hyper-V Guest Service Interface

1. Select your Windows 8 edition and update pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win8_vmicguestinterface_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The vmicguestinterface service is using the ICSvc.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.