Windows 10 Services

Distributed Link Tracking Client - Windows 10 Service

Maintains links between NTFS files within a computer or across computers in a network.

This service also exists in Windows 7, 8, Vista and XP.

Startup Type

Windows 10 version Home Pro Education Enterprise
1507 Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
1511 Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
1607 Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
1703 Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
1709 Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

Display name:Distributed Link Tracking Client
Service name:TrkWks
Path:%WinDir%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted -p
Error control:normal
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

The Distributed Link Tracking Client service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services might run in the same process. If Distributed Link Tracking Client fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 10 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the TrkWks service has failed to start.


Distributed Link Tracking Client is unable to start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type for Distributed Link Tracking Client

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 10 edition and release, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreDistributedLinkTrackingClientWindows10.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the trkwks.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 10 installation media.