Windows Insider Service (wisvc) Defaults in Windows 10

Provides infrastructure support for the Windows Insider Program. This service must remain enabled for the Windows Insider Program to work.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Windows Insider Service
Service name:wisvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs -p
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\flightsettings.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wisvc
Privileges:
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeSystemEnvironmentPrivilege
  • SeShutdownPrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Dependencies

Windows Insider Service cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Insider Service

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Windows Insider Service 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 wisvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The wisvc service is using the flightsettings.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.