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Pcmcia - Windows Vista Service

PCMCIA Bus Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

This service also exists in Windows 7, 8 and XP.

Startup Type

Since Pcmcia is a kernel mode driver, its startup might be configured depending on installed hardware. Changing its startup configuration might cause hardware issues. In the table below you can see how it is configured on my system, but your default settings might differ from mine.

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
Starter Disabled Disabled Disabled
Home Basic Disabled Disabled Disabled
Home Premium Disabled Disabled Disabled
Business Disabled Disabled Disabled
Ultimate Disabled Disabled Disabled

Default Properties

Display name:Pcmcia
Service name:pcmcia
Type:kernel
Path:%WinDir%\system32\drivers\pcmcia.sys
Error control:normal
Group:System Bus Extender

Default Behavior

Pcmcia is a kernel mode driver. If Pcmcia fails to start, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows Vista startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the pcmcia service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Type for Pcmcia

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestorePcmciaWindowsVista.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 pcmcia.sys file exists in the %WinDir%\system32\drivers folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows Vista installation media.