AFD Service Defaults in Windows XP

AFD Networking Support Environment.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows XP HomeAutomatic
Windows XP ProfessionalAutomatic
Windows XP Home SP1Automatic
Windows XP Professional SP1Automatic
Windows XP Home SP2System
Windows XP Professional SP2System
Windows XP Home SP3System
Windows XP Professional SP3System
Display name:AFD
Service name:AFD
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AFD

Default Behavior

AFD is a kernel device driver. It is starting automatically along with the operating system in Windows XP Home, Professional, Home SP1, Professional SP1. This service is starting right at Kernel initialization in Windows XP Home SP2, Professional SP2, Home SP3, Professional SP3. If the AFD fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the AFD service has failed to start.


The following components depend on AFD:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for AFD

1. Select your Windows XP edition and service pack, and then click Download.

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The AFD service is using the afd.sys file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32\drivers folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.