TCP/IP Protocol Driver (Tcpip) Service Defaults in Windows XP

TCP/IP Protocol Driver.

Default Settings

Startup type:System
Display name:TCP/IP Protocol Driver
Service name:Tcpip
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip

Default Behavior

TCP/IP Protocol Driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows XP it is starting right at Kernel initialization. If the TCP/IP Protocol Driver 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 Tcpip service has failed to start.


TCP/IP Protocol Driver depends on the IPSEC driver service.

The following components depend on TCP/IP Protocol Driver:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for TCP/IP Protocol Driver

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The Tcpip service is using the tcpip.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.