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Services Utility: Human Interface Device Access Service

Display Name (?): Human Interface Device Access
Short Name (?): HidServ
Executable (?): svchost.exe
Library (?): hidserv.dll
Depends On (?): Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Supports (?): None.
Description (?): Enables generic input access to Human Interface Devices (HID), which activates and maintains the use of predefined hot buttons on keyboards, remote controls, and other multimedia devices. If this service is stopped, hot buttons controlled by this service will no longer function. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
OS (?): XP Home/Professional, Vista Home/Business, Server 2003, Vista Server
Startup (?):

Explanation (?):

The human interface device access allows for the use of devices native to Windows XP (and above versions) the ability to use programmable buttons. By human interface device Microsoft means any tool you use to input data into your computer; such as a keyboard, a mouse, a game controller, a printer, a scanner, etc.. Chances are that you do not have a device that uses this unless it is made by Microsoft and designed with Windows XP in mind. I say this because any interface device you have is most likely supported in Windows 2000, and since most companies had to write the support for the HID in 2000 they no doubt used the same software in XP. You can safely set this service to disabled if you do not believe you need it. If you disable this service and any of your keyboard special buttons (like volume controls) or speciality mouse buttons or scanner one touch scan buttons fail to work properly then just set this service on automatic. Setting this service to manual will just have it activate on boot.

Please visit /tools/services/ for the complete Services utility.