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How to Start/Stop Virtual Disk

Service name: vds

Display name: Virtual Disk


Provides management services for disks, volumes, file systems, and storage arrays.

Path to executable:


This method shows you how to Start/Stop Virtual Disk service from Command Prompt

Perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and click on the Type here to search

Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator

Services Regedit CMD Msconfig

Please confirm User Account Control pop-up

Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window, select Paste and press Enter

To Start Virtual Disk service:

net start vds

sc start vds

Note: You can’t start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.

To Stop Virtual Disk service:

net stop vds

sc stop vds

To change Startup type:


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\vds" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config vds start= auto


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\vds" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

sc config vds start= demand


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\vds" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

sc config vds start= disabled

Automatic (Delayed Start):

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\vds" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config vds start= delayed-auto

Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\vds" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\vds" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f