Plug and Play (PlugPlay) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Enables a computer to recognize and adapt to hardware changes with little or no user input. Stopping or disabling this service will result in system instability.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Plug and Play
Service name:PlugPlay
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:PlugPlay
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch -p
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\umpnpmgr.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PlugPlay

Default Behavior

Plug and Play is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Plug and Play service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Plug and Play fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the PlugPlay service has failed to start due to the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Plug and Play

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config PlugPlay start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The PlugPlay service is using the umpnpmgr.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.