Windows 7 Services

Windows Licensing Monitoring Service - Windows 7 Service

This service monitors the Windows software license state.

This service also exists in Windows 10 and 8.

Startup Type

Windows 7 edition without SP SP1
Starter not exists not exists
Home Basic not exists not exists
Home Premium not exists not exists
Professional not exists not exists
Ultimate not exists not exists
Enterprise Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

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

Default Behavior

The Windows Licensing Monitoring Service runs as LocalSystem in its own process. It does not share an executable file with other services. If the Windows Licensing Monitoring Service fails to load or initialize, the error is logged and the computer attempts to restart with the LastKnownGood configuration. If the LastKnownGood configuration fails, Windows 7 startup also fails, and the boot process halts with a Stop error. If you disable this service, Windows 7 will fail to start. Do NOT change this service startup configuration if your computer is working.


Windows Licensing Monitoring Service will not start, if the Software Protection service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type for Windows Licensing Monitoring Service

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 7 edition and Service Pack, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreWindowsLicensingMonitoringServiceWindows7.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 7 installation media.

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