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Published: February 1, 2016 | Applies to:

Disk Management is the hotspot for managing disks. See this fix, if you're getting Disk Management could not start Virtual Disk Service on Windows 10.

Disk Management is the hotspot for managing hard disks on Windows machines. To ensure proper working of Disk Management feature, the background service called as Virtual Disk Service (VDS) should be ready to run on demand. When you’re working in a remote connection environment, it may possible that VDS could not be supported on target machine. So when you can’t start Disk Management snap-in due to VDS, following is the error you’ll receive:

Disk Management could not start Virtual Disk Service (VDS) on <Computer Name>. This can happen if the remote computer does not support VDS, or if a connection cannot be established because it was blocked by Windows Firewall.

For additional information about diagnosing and correcting this problem, see Troubleshooting Disk Management in Disk Management Help.

FIX - Disk Management Could Not Start Virtual Disk Service On Windows 10

If you’re also facing this problem, this article is for you. You can try these steps and see if that helps you:

FIX : Disk Management Could Not Start Virtual Disk Service On Windows 10

1. Press  W8K + R and type services.msc in the Run dialog box, hit Enter key to open Services snap-in.

Services Windows 10

2. In the Services window, scroll down to look for Virtual Disk Service. Since you’re facing this problem, the service may not be running and might be set to Disabled. Right click upon this service and select Properties.

FIX - Disk Management Could Not Start Virtual Disk Service On Windows 10

3. In the property sheet, set the Startup type to Manual or Automatic. Then click Apply. Now hit Start button and then click OK.

FIX - Disk Management Could Not Start Virtual Disk Service On Windows 10

Once this service is started, you can then open Disk Management as expected:

FIX - Disk Management Could Not Start Virtual Disk Service On Windows 10

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