Windows Licensing Monitoring Service (WLMS) Defaults in Windows 8

This service monitors the Windows software license state.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows 8 Core Windows 8N/A
Windows 8 Pro Windows 8N/A
Windows 8 EnterpriseAutomatic
Windows 8 Core Windows 8.1N/A
Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1N/A
Windows 8.1 EnterpriseAutomatic
Windows 8 Core Windows 8.1 Update 1N/A
Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Update 1N/A
Windows 8 Enterprise Windows 8.1 Update 1N/A
Display name:Windows Licensing Monitoring Service
Service name:WLMS
Service type:own
Error control:critical
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\wlms\wlms.exe
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WLMS

Default Behavior

The Windows Licensing Monitoring Service is a Win32 program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the Windows Licensing Monitoring Service runs as LocalSystem in its own process of wlms.exe. If Windows Licensing Monitoring Service fails to load or initialize, the error details should be automatically logged. Then Windows 8 is restarting the PC and attempting to use the Last Known Good configuration. If the Last Known Good configuration isn't working properly, Windows 8 startup ends with a Stop error. If you disable the WLMS service, Windows 8 will fail to start.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Licensing Monitoring Service

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

2. Save the Win8_WLMS_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

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