Windows 8 Services

Filetrace - Windows 8 Service

ETW File Trace Filter.

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
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Default Properties

Display name:Filetrace
Service name:Filetrace
Error control:normal
Group:FSFilter Activity Monitor

Default Behavior

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


Filetrace won't start, if the FltMgr service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type of Filetrace

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreFiletraceWindows8.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 filetrace.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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