Charge Arbitration Driver (CAD) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Charge Arbiration Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Charge Arbitration Driver
Service name:CAD
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\CAD.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CAD

Default Behavior

Charge Arbitration Driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. If Charge Arbitration Driver fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the CAD service has failed to start due to the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Charge Arbitration Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config CAD start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The CAD service is using the CAD.sys file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32\drivers folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.