Windows 8 Services

DFS Namespace Client Driver - Windows 8 Service

Client driver for access to DFS Namespaces.

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

Startup Type

Windows 8 edition Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1
Core System System System
Pro System System System
Enterprise System System System

Default Properties

Display name:DFS Namespace Client Driver
Service name:Dfsc
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The DFS Namespace Client Driver service is a file system driver. If DFS Namespace Client Driver fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the Dfsc service has failed to start.


DFS Namespace Client Driver won't start, if the Mup service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type of DFS Namespace Client Driver

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreDFSNamespaceClientDriverWindows8.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.

Note. Make sure that the dfsc.sys file exists in the %WinDir%\System32\Drivers folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.

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