Group Policy Client (gpsvc) Service Defaults in Windows 10

The service is responsible for applying settings configured by administrators for the computer and users through the Group Policy component. If the service is disabled, the settings will not be applied and applications and components will not be manageable through Group Policy. Any components or applications that depend on the Group Policy component might not be functional if the service is disabled.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Group Policy Client
Service name:gpsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:ProfSvc_Group
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs -p
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\gpsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\gpsvc
Privileges:
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeSecurityPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreatePermanentPrivilege
  • SeShutdownPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeBackupPrivilege
  • SeCreatePagefilePrivilege

Default Behavior

Group Policy Client is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting automatically when the operating system starts. Then the Group Policy Client service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Group Policy Client fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the gpsvc service has failed to start due to the error.

Dependencies

Group Policy Client cannot be started under any conditions, if the following services are disabled, deleted or working improperly:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Group Policy Client

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Group Policy Client depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config gpsvc start= auto
sc start gpsvc

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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