Remote Access Auto Connection Manager (RasAuto) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Creates a connection to a remote network whenever a program references a remote DNS or NetBIOS name or address.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
Service name:RasAuto
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\rasauto.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasAuto

Default Behavior

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. When the Remote Access Auto Connection Manager 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 Remote Access Auto Connection Manager 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 RasAuto service has failed to start.

Dependencies

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager depends on the following system components:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Remote Access Auto Connection Manager

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Remote Access Auto Connection Manager depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config RasAuto start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The RasAuto service is using the rasauto.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.