Application Management (AppMgmt) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Provides software installation services such as Assign, Publish, and Remove.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Application Management
Service name:AppMgmt
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\appmgmts.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AppMgmt

Default Behavior

Application Management is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. When the Application Management service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Application Management 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 AppMgmt service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Application Management

1. Run the Command Prompt.

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

sc config AppMgmt start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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