Windows XP Services

Network DDE - Windows XP Service

Provides network transport and security for Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) for programs running on the same computer or on different computers. If this service is stopped, DDE transport and security will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

This service exists in Windows XP only.

Startup Type

Windows XP edition without SP SP1 SP2 SP3
Home Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Professional Manual Manual Disabled Disabled

Default Properties

Display name:Network DDE
Service name:NetDDE
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The Network DDE service runs as LocalSystem in a shared process. It shares the executable file with other services. If the Network DDE fails to load or initialize, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box is displayed informing you that the NetDDE service has failed to start.


Network DDE will not start, if the Network DDE DSDM service is stopped or disabled.

If the Network DDE is stopped, the ClipBook fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type of Network DDE

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreNetworkDDEWindowsXP.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Run the downloaded batch file.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

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

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