Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Coordinates transactions that span multiple resource managers, such as databases, message queues, and file systems. If this service is stopped, these transactions will not occur. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Distributed Transaction Coordinator
Service name:MSDTC
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Group:MS Transactions
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSDTC

Default Behavior

Distributed Transaction Coordinator is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. When the Distributed Transaction Coordinator service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in its own process of msdtc.exe. If the Distributed Transaction Coordinator 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 MSDTC service has failed to start.


Distributed Transaction Coordinator depends on the following system components:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Distributed Transaction Coordinator

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The MSDTC service is using the msdtc.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.