Credential Manager (VaultSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Provides secure storage and retrieval of credentials to users, applications and security service packages.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Credential Manager
Service name:VaultSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\lsass.exe
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\vaultsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VaultSvc
Privileges:
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Dependencies

Credential Manager cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

While Credential Manager is stopped, disabled or working incorrectly, the Windows Biometric Service cannot be launched.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Credential Manager

1. Select your Windows 10 edition and release, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win10_VaultSvc_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The VaultSvc service is using the vaultsvc.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.