Microsoft Kernel DRM Audio Descrambler (drmkaud) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Microsoft Kernel DRM Audio Descrambler Filter by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Microsoft Kernel DRM Audio Descrambler
Service name:drmkaud
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\drmkaud.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\drmkaud

Default Behavior

Microsoft Kernel DRM Audio Descrambler is a kernel device driver. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. If the Microsoft Kernel DRM Audio Descrambler 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 drmkaud service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Microsoft Kernel DRM Audio Descrambler

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The drmkaud service is using the drmkaud.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.