Windows Vista Services

DFS Replication - Windows Vista Service

Replicates files among multiple PCs keeping them in sync. On Client, it is used to roam folders between PCs; on server, it is used to provide high availability and local access across a wide area network (WAN). If the service is stopped, file replication does not occur, and the files on the server become out-of-date. If the service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will not start.

This service exists in Windows Vista only.

Startup Type

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
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Default Properties

Display name:DFS Replication
Service name:DFSR
Error control:normal
  • SeBackupPrivilege
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeSecurityPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

The DFS Replication service as LocalSystem and runs in its own process of DFSR.exe. It does not share its process with other services. If DFS Replication fails to start, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows Vista startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the DFSR service has failed to start.


The DFS Replication service won't start, if the following system components are stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type of DFS Replication

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows Vista edition and Service Pack, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreDFSReplicationWindowsVista.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 to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the DFSR.exe file exists in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows Vista installation media.

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