Windows 8 Services

TCP/IP Registry Compatibility - Windows 8 Service

Provides compatibility for legacy applications which interact with TCP/IP through the registry. If this service is stopped, certain applications may have impaired functionality.

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 Automatic Automatic Automatic
Pro Automatic Automatic Automatic
Enterprise Automatic Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

Display name:TCP/IP Registry Compatibility
Service name:tcpipreg
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The TCP/IP Registry Compatibility service is a kernel mode driver. If TCP/IP Registry Compatibility fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the tcpipreg service has failed to start.


TCP/IP Registry Compatibility won't start, if the TCP/IP Protocol Driver service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type of TCP/IP Registry Compatibility

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreTCPIPRegistryCompatibilityWindows8.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 tcpipreg.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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