Windows 8 Services

Server SMB Driver - Windows 8 Service

Enables connectivity from Windows Vista and later clients.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7 and Vista.

Startup Type

Windows 8 edition Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1
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Default Properties

Display name:Server SMB Driver
Service name:srv2
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The Server SMB Driver service is a file system driver. If Server SMB Driver fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the srv2 service has failed to start.


Server SMB Driver won't start, if the Srvnet service is stopped or disabled.

The following services are unable to start if Server SMB Driver is stopped:

Restore Default Startup Type for Server SMB Driver

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreServerSMB2xxxDriverWindows8.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.

Note. Make sure that the srv2.sys file exists in the %WinDir%\System32\DRIVERS folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.