What is the Human Interface Device Access (hidserv) service?

An explanation of the Human Interface Device Access (hidserv) service in Windows 7.

What does the Human Interface Device Access (hidserv) service do?

The Human Interface Device Access (hidserv) service is responsible for allowing you to use predefined buttons (like volume control, combination keys) on multimedia keyboards, joysticks, remote controls, or other multimedia devices.

Human Interface Device Access (hidserv) service details

  • Service name: hidserv
  • 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.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Human Interface Device Access (hidserv) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the hidserv service to run, but if you disable it you won’t be able to use all of the features of a multimedia keyboard or joystick.

Should I disable the Human Interface Device Access (hidserv) 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 hidserv service alone unless you don’t use multimedia keyboards or joysticks.

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