Windows 8 Services

File Information FS MiniFilter - Windows 8 Service

Collects information about files in memory to be consumed by other system services.

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 Boot Boot Boot
Pro Boot Boot Boot
Enterprise Boot Boot Boot

Default Properties

Display name:File Information FS MiniFilter
Service name:FileInfo
Error control:normal
Group:FSFilter Bottom

Default Behavior

The File Information FS MiniFilter service is a file system driver. If File Information FS MiniFilter fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the FileInfo service has failed to start.


File Information FS MiniFilter won't start, if the FltMgr service is stopped or disabled.

If File Information FS MiniFilter is stopped, the Superfetch service fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type of File Information FS MiniFilter

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreFileInformationFSMiniFilterWindows8.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 fileinfo.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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