Hyper-V Heartbeat Service (vmicheartbeat) Defaults in Windows 8

Monitors the state of this virtual machine by reporting a heartbeat at regular intervals. This service helps you identify running virtual machines that have stopped responding.

Default Settings

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

Default Behavior

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

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Hyper-V Heartbeat Service

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

2. Save the Win8_vmicheartbeat_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The vmicheartbeat 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.