Network Connections (Netman) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Manages objects in the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, in which you can view both local area network and remote connections.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Network Connections
Service name:Netman
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netman

Default Behavior

In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. If the Network Connections 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 Netman service has failed to start.


Network Connections depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

The Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) depends on the Network Connections service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Network Connections

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The Netman service is using the netman.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.