Workstation (lanmanworkstation) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Creates and maintains client network connections to remote servers. If this service is stopped, these connections will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Workstation
Service name:lanmanworkstation
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:NetworkProvider
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\wkssvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanworkstation

Default Behavior

Workstation is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the Workstation 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 Workstation 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 lanmanworkstation service has failed to start.

Dependencies

The following components depend on Workstation:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Workstation

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The lanmanworkstation service is using the wkssvc.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.