Windows 10 Services

Windows Licensing Monitoring Service - Windows 10 Service

This service monitors the Windows software license state.

This service also exists in Windows 7 and 8.

Startup Type

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Default Properties

Display name:Windows Licensing Monitoring Service
Service name:WLMS
Error control:critical

Default Behavior

The Windows Licensing Monitoring Service is running as LocalSystem in its own process of wlms.exe. It doesn't share its process with other services. If Windows Licensing Monitoring Service fails to load or initialize, the error is logged and the computer attempts to restart, using the Last Known Good configuration. If the Last Known Good configuration fails, Windows 10 startup also fails, and the boot process halts with a Stop error. If you disable this service, Windows 10 will fail to start. Do NOT change this service startup configuration if your computer is working.

Restore Default Startup Type for Windows Licensing Monitoring Service

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreWindowsLicensingMonitoringServiceWindows10.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 wlms.exe file exists in the %WinDir%\system32\wlms folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 10 installation media.