Windows 10 Services

Hyper-V Heartbeat Service - Windows 10 Service

Monitors the state of this virtual machine by reporting a heartbeat at regular intervals. This service helps you identify running virtual machines that have stopped responding.

This service also exists in Windows 8.

Startup Type

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Default Properties

Display name:Hyper-V Heartbeat Service
Service name:vmicheartbeat
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k ICService
Error control:normal
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Default Behavior

The Hyper-V Heartbeat Service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services might run in the same process. If Hyper-V Heartbeat Service fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 10 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the vmicheartbeat service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Type for Hyper-V Heartbeat Service

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreHyperVHeartbeatServiceWindows10.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 icsvc.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.