PCI Bus Driver Service Defaults in Windows XP

NT Plug and Play PCI Enumerator by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type:Boot
Display name:PCI Bus Driver
Service name:PCI
Service type:kernel
Error control:critical
Group:Boot Bus Extender
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PCI

Default Behavior

PCI Bus Driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows XP it is starting before Kernel initialization. If the PCI Bus Driver fails to load or initialize, the error is logged and the computer attempts to restart with the LastKnownGood configuration. If the LastKnownGood configuration fails, Windows XP startup also fails, and the boot process halts with a Stop error. If you disable this service, Windows XP will fail to start. Do NOT change this service startup configuration if your computer is working.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for PCI Bus Driver

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The PCI service is using the pci.sys file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32\DRIVERS folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.