Hyper-V: The Hyper-V Image Management service should be configured to start automatically

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

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Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2








The Hyper-V Image Management Service is not configured to start automatically.


Virtual storage cannot be managed until the service is started.

When the service is not running, you cannot create, edit, or inspect virtual hard disks. However, you can add or remove existing virtual hard disks from virtual machines.


Use the Services snap-in or sc config command-line tool to reconfigure the service to start automatically.

By default, membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To reconfigure the service to start automatically using the Windows interface

  1. Open the Services snap-in. (Click Start, click in the Start Search box, type services.msc, and then press ENTER.)

  2. In the details pane, right-click Hyper-V Image Management Service, and then click Properties.

  3. On the General tab, in Startup type, click Automatic. To start the service, click Start.

To reconfigure the service to start automatically using the command line

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. Type:

    sc config vhdsvc start=auto
  3. To start the service, type:

    sc start vhdsvc