IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service (ImapiService) Defaults in Windows XP

Manages CD recording using Image Mastering Applications Programming Interface (IMAPI). If this service is stopped, your computer will be unable to record CDs. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
Service name:ImapiService
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\imapi.exe
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ImapiService

Default Behavior

IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. When the IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in its own process of imapi.exe. If the IMAPI CD-Burning COM 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 ImapiService service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The ImapiService service is using the imapi.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.