Windows Management Instrumentation

 

Windows 8

Default Description

Provides a common interface and object model to access management information about operating system, devices, applications and services. If this service is stopped, most Windows-based software will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): winmgmt
Display Name: Windows Management Instrumentation

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

Provides a common interface and object model to access management information about operating system, devices, applications and services. If this service is stopped, most Windows-based software will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Professional Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Winmgmt
Display Name: Windows Management Instrumentation

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Windows Management Instrumentation needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Management Instrumentation to function properly:

Windows Vista

Default Description

Provides a common interface and object model to access management information about operating system, devices, applications and services. If this service is stopped, most Windows-based software will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Winmgmt
Display Name: Windows Management Instrumentation

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Management Instrumentation needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Management Instrumentation to function properly:

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Provides a common interface and object model to access management information about operating system, devices, applications and services. If this service is stopped, most Windows-based software will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

With Service Pack 1a, this service was not really required. However, after the installation of Service Pack 2, IPv6 Helper Service, Security Center and Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing require this service. This service is also required if you want to see the “Dependencies” tab in service configuration. I do not recommend disabling this service as more applications may begin to use this in the future.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): winmgmt
Display Name: Windows Management Instrumentation

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Management Instrumentation needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Management Instrumentation to function properly:

Windows XP

Default Description

Provides a common interface and object model to access management information about operating system, devices, applications and services. If this service is stopped, most Windows-based software will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

With Service Pack 1a, this service was not really required. However, after the installation of Service Pack 2, IPv6 Helper Service, Security Center and Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) require this service. This service is also required if you want to see the “Dependencies” tab in service configuration. I do not recommend disabling this service as more applications may begin to use this in the future.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home ? ? Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 ? ? Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Pro ? ? Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 ? ? Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): winmgmt
Display Name: Windows Management Instrumentation

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Management Instrumentation needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Management Instrumentation to function properly:

Additional Reading

None at this time.