Messenger Service Defaults in Windows XP

Transmits net send and Alerter service messages between clients and servers. This service is not related to Windows Messenger. If this service is stopped, Alerter messages will not be transmitted. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows XP HomeAutomatic
Windows XP ProfessionalAutomatic
Windows XP Home SP1Automatic
Windows XP Professional SP1Automatic
Windows XP Home SP2Disabled
Windows XP Professional SP2Disabled
Windows XP Home SP3Disabled
Windows XP Professional SP3Disabled
Display name:Messenger
Service name:Messenger
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Messenger

Default Behavior

Messenger is a Win32 service. It is starting automatically along with the operating system in Windows XP Home, Professional, Home SP1, Professional SP1. This service is disabled and isn't loading or starting in Windows XP Home SP2, Professional SP2, Home SP3, Professional SP3. When the Messenger service is started, it 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 Messenger 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 Messenger service has failed to start.


Messenger depends on the following system components:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Messenger

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The Messenger service is using the msgsvc.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.