Windows 7 Services

File System Dependency Minifilter - Windows 7 Service

This minifilter tracks the dependencies associated with the various nested volumes/filesystems.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 11 and 8.

Startup Type

Windows 7 edition without SP SP1
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Default Properties

Display name:File System Dependency Minifilter
Service name:FsDepends
Error control:critical

Default Behavior

is a file system driver. If the File System Dependency Minifilter fails to load or initialize, the error is logged and the computer attempts to restart with the LastKnownGood configuration. If the LastKnownGood configuration fails, Windows 7 startup also fails, and the boot process halts with a Stop error. If you disable this service, Windows 7 will fail to start. Do NOT change this service startup configuration if your computer is working.


File System Dependency Minifilter will not start, if the FltMgr service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type of File System Dependency Minifilter

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 7 edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreFileSystemDependencyMinifilterWindows7.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.

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