Windows 8 Services

IP Network Address Translator - Windows 8 Service

IP Network Address Translator by Microsoft Corporation.

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

Startup Type

Windows 8 edition Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1
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Default Properties

Display name:IP Network Address Translator
Service name:IPNAT
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The IP Network Address Translator service is a kernel mode driver. If IP Network Address Translator fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the IPNAT service has failed to start.


IP Network Address Translator won't start, if the TCP/IP Protocol Driver service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type of IP Network Address Translator

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreIPNetworkAddressTranslatorWindows8.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 ipnat.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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