Windows Vista Services

Parallel port driver - Windows Vista Service

Parallel Port Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 11, 7, 8 and XP.

Startup Type

Since Parallel port driver is a kernel mode driver, its startup might be configured depending on installed hardware. Changing its startup configuration might cause hardware issues. In the table below you can see how it is configured on my system, but your default settings might differ from mine.

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
Starter Disabled Disabled Disabled
Home Basic Disabled Disabled Disabled
Home Premium Disabled Disabled Disabled
Business Disabled Disabled Disabled
Ultimate Disabled Disabled Disabled

Default Properties

Display name:Parallel port driver
Service name:Parport
Error control:normal
Group:Parallel arbitrator

Default Behavior

is a kernel mode driver. If Parallel port driver 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 Parport service has failed to start. At least one service depends on Parallel port driver. Therefore I do not recommend you to disable it.


If Parallel port driver is stopped, the Parvdm fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type of Parallel port driver

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreParallelportdriverWindowsVista.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.

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