ClipBook (ClipSrv) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Enables ClipBook Viewer to store information and share it with remote computers. If the service is stopped, ClipBook Viewer will not be able to share information with remote computers. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows XP HomeManual
Windows XP ProfessionalManual
Windows XP Home SP1Manual
Windows XP Professional SP1Manual
Windows XP Home SP2Disabled
Windows XP Professional SP2Disabled
Windows XP Home SP3Disabled
Windows XP Professional SP3Disabled
Display name:ClipBook
Service name:ClipSrv
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ClipSrv

Default Behavior

ClipBook is a Win32 service. It won't start until the current user starts it in Windows XP Home, Professional, Home SP1, Professional SP1. This service is disabled and isn't loading or starting in Windows XP Home SP2, Professional SP2, Home SP3, Professional SP3. When the ClipBook service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in its own process of clipsrv.exe. If the ClipBook 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 ClipSrv service has failed to start.


ClipBook depends on the Network DDE service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for ClipBook

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The ClipSrv service is using the clipsrv.exe 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.