What is the Distributed Link Tracking Client (TrkWks) service?

An explanation of the Distributed Link Tracking Client (TrkWks) service in Windows 7.

What does the Distributed Link Tracking Client (TrkWks) service do?

The Distributed Link Tracking Client (TrkWks) is responsible for tracking links to files saved on a file server. For example; if you save a file on a file server and put a link to it on your desktop and the file is moved on the file server. The link on your desktop will change accordingly to the new location of the file on the file server.

Distributed Link Tracking Client (TrkWks) service details

  • Service name: TrkWks
  • Description: Maintains links between NTFS files within a computer or across computers in a network.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the Distributed Link Tracking Client (TrkWks) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the TrkWks service if you’re using it at home and you’re not linking to files on a file server or the only files your computer links to are on Linux servers.

Should I disable the Distributed Link Tracking Client (TrkWks) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the TrkWks service alone if the computer is in a corporate environment. If it is a home PC, it would be safe to disable this service.

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