Remote Desktop Configuration (SessionEnv) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Remote Desktop Configuration service (RDCS) is responsible for all Remote Desktop Services and Remote Desktop related configuration and session maintenance activities that require SYSTEM context. These include per-session temporary folders, RD themes, and RD certificates.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Remote Desktop Configuration
Service name:SessionEnv
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:localSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\sessenv.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SessionEnv
Privileges:
  • SeBackupPrivilege
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeManageVolumePrivilege
  • SeCreateSymbolicLinkPrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Dependencies

Remote Desktop Configuration cannot be started under any conditions, if the following services are disabled, deleted or working improperly:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Remote Desktop Configuration

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Remote Desktop Configuration 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 command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config SessionEnv start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The SessionEnv service is using the sessenv.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.