Windows XP Services

Sym_hi - Windows XP Service

This service also exists in Windows Vista.

Startup Type

Since Sym_hi is a kernel driver, its startup might be configured depending on installed hardware. Changing its startup configuration might cause unexpected 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 XP edition without SP SP1 SP2 SP3
Home Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Professional Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled

Default Properties

Display name:Sym_hi
Service name:sym_hi
Error control:normal
Group:SCSI miniport

Default Behavior

The Sym_hi service is a kernel driver. If the Sym_hi 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 sym_hi service has failed to start.


If the Sym_hi is stopped, the following services will not start and initialize:

Restore Default Startup Type for Sym_hi

Automated Restore

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

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

3. Run the downloaded batch file.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.