Hardware Policy Driver (hwpolicy) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Contains Processor and other policies.

Default Settings

Startup type:Boot
Display name:Hardware Policy Driver
Service name:hwpolicy
Service type:kernel
Error control:ignore
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\hwpolicy.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hwpolicy

Default Behavior

Hardware Policy Driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows 10 it is starting by the operating system Boot Loader as a part of the driver stack for the boot volume. If Hardware Policy Driver fails to load or initialize, Windows 10 start up proceeds without warnings. However the error details are being logged.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Hardware Policy Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config hwpolicy start= boot
sc start hwpolicy

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The hwpolicy service is using the hwpolicy.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.