Windows Vista Services

Virtual Disk - Windows Vista Service

Provides management services for disks, volumes, file systems, and, hardward array objects such as subsystems, luns, controllers, etc.

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:Virtual Disk
Service name:vds
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The Virtual Disk service as LocalSystem and runs in its own process of vds.exe. It does not share its process with other services. If Virtual Disk 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 vds service has failed to start.


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

Restore Default Startup Type of Virtual Disk

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreVirtualDiskWindowsVista.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 vds.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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