Dmload Service Defaults in Windows XP

NT Disk Manager Startup Driver by Microsoft Corp., Veritas Software.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows XP HomeDisabled
Windows XP ProfessionalBoot
Windows XP Home SP1Disabled
Windows XP Professional SP1Boot
Windows XP Home SP2Disabled
Windows XP Professional SP2Boot
Windows XP Home SP3Disabled
Windows XP Professional SP3Boot
Display name:Dmload
Service name:dmload
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Group:System Bus Extender
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\dmload.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\dmload

Default Behavior

Dmload is a kernel device driver. It is disabled and isn't loading or starting in Windows XP Home, Home SP1, Home SP2, Home SP3. This service is starting before Kernel initialization in Windows XP Professional, Professional SP1, Professional SP2, Professional SP3. If the Dmload 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 dmload service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Dmload

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The dmload service is using the dmload.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.