Windows 7 Services

Virtual Disk - Windows 7 Service

Provides management services for disks, volumes, file systems, and storage arrays.

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

Startup Type

Windows 7 edition without SP SP1
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Default Properties

Display name:Virtual Disk
Service name:vds
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The Virtual Disk service runs as LocalSystem in its own process. It does not share the executable file with other services. If the Virtual Disk fails to load or initialize, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows 7 startup should proceed, but a message box is displayed informing you that the vds service has failed to start.


Virtual Disk will not start, if the following services are stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type of Virtual Disk

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreVirtualDiskWindows7.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 vds.exe file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 7 installation media.

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