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DNS Client - Windows XP Service

Resolves and caches Domain Name System (DNS) names for your computer. If this service is stopped, your computer will not be able to resolve DNS names and locate Active Directory domain controllers. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7, 8 and Vista.

Startup Type

Windows XP edition without SP SP1 SP2 SP3
Home Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Professional Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

Display name:DNS Client
Service name:Dnscache
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
File:%WinDir%\System32\dnsrslvr.dll
Error control:normal
Group:TDI
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService

Default Behavior

The DNS Client service runs as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a shared process. It shares an executable file with other services. If the DNS Client fails to load or initialize, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box is displayed informing you that the Dnscache service has failed to start.

Dependencies

DNS Client will not start, if the TCP/IP Protocol Driver service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type for DNS Client

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreDNSClientWindowsXP.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Run the downloaded batch file.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

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