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Hyper-V Heartbeat Service - Windows 8 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 10.

Startup Type

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Default Properties

Display name:Hyper-V Heartbeat Service
Service name:vmicheartbeat
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k ICService
File:%WinDir%\System32\ICSvc.dll
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege

Default Behavior

The Hyper-V Heartbeat Service runs 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 8 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 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreHyperVHeartbeatServiceWindows8.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 ICSvc.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.