Windows 8 Services

Windows Licensing Monitoring Service - Windows 8 Service

This service monitors the Windows software license state.

This service also exists in Windows 10 and 7.

Startup Type

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Default Properties

Display name:Windows Licensing Monitoring Service
Service name:WLMS
Error control:critical

Default Behavior

The Windows Licensing Monitoring Service runs as LocalSystem in its own process of wlms.exe. It does not share its process with other services. If Windows Licensing Monitoring Service fails to load or initialize, the error is logged and the computer attempts to restart, using the Last Known Good configuration. If the Last Known Good configuration fails, Windows 8 startup also fails, and the boot process halts with a Stop error. If you disable this service, Windows 8 will fail to start. Do NOT change this service startup configuration if your computer is working.

Restore Default Startup Type of Windows Licensing Monitoring Service

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreWindowsLicensingMonitoringServiceWindows8.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 wlms.exe file exists in the %WinDir%\system32\wlms folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.

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