HID Input Service (HidServ) Defaults in Windows XP

Enables generic input access to Human Interface Devices (HID), which activates and maintains the use of predefined hot buttons on keyboards, remote controls, and other multimedia devices. If this service is stopped, hot buttons controlled by this service will no longer function. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:HID Input Service
Service name:HidServ
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\hidserv.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HidServ

Default Behavior

HID Input Service is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the HID Input Service 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 HID Input Service 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 HidServ service has failed to start.

Dependencies

HID Input Service depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for HID Input Service

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The HidServ service is using the hidserv.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.