Windows Vista Services

File Information FS MiniFilter - Windows Vista Service

Collects information about files in memory to be consumed by other system services.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7 and 8.

Startup Type

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
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Default Properties

Display name:File Information FS MiniFilter
Service name:FileInfo
Error control:normal
Group:FSFilter Bottom

Default Behavior

The File Information FS MiniFilter service is a file system driver. If File Information FS MiniFilter 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 FileInfo service has failed to start. If you disable this service, then 2 other services will be unable to start (see the "Dependencies" section below).


File Information FS MiniFilter will not start, if the FltMgr service is stopped or disabled.

If the File Information FS MiniFilter is stopped, the following services will not start and initialize:

Restore Default Startup Type of File Information FS MiniFilter

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreFileInformationFSMiniFilterWindowsVista.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 fileinfo.sys file exists in the %WinDir%\system32\drivers folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows Vista installation media.

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