What is the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) service?

An explanation of the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) service in Windows 7.

What does the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) service do?

The Distributed Link Tracking Client (MSDTC) is a transaction manager which permits client applications to include several different sources of data in one transaction and then coordinates committing the distributed transaction across all the servers that are enlisted in the transaction.

Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) service details

  • Service name: MSDTC
  • Description: Coordinates transactions that span multiple resource managers, such as databases, message queues, and file systems. If this service is stopped, these transactions will fail. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\msdtc.exe
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the TrkWks service to run, but there’s a good possibility that software on your computer like IIS or SQL that need it to work properly.

Should I disable the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) 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 MSDTC service. If it’s installed and running, a program that needs it put it there and relies on it.

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