Windows Vista Services

Terminal Services Configuration - Windows Vista Service

Terminal Services Configuration service (TSCS) is responsible for all Terminal Services and Remote Desktop related configuration and session maintenance activities that require SYSTEM context. These include per-session temporary folders, TS themes, and TS certificates.

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:Terminal Services Configuration
Service name:SessionEnv
Path:%WinDir%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Error control:normal
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Default Behavior

The Terminal Services Configuration as localSystem and runs in a shared process of svchost.exe. If Terminal Services Configuration 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 SessionEnv service has failed to start.


The Terminal Services Configuration won't start, if the following system components are stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type of Terminal Services Configuration

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreTerminalServicesConfigurationWindowsVista.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 sessenv.dll 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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