BranchCache (PeerDistSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 7

This service caches network content from peers on the local subnet.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows 7 Starter SP0N/A
Windows 7 Home Basic SP0N/A
Windows 7 Home Premium SP0N/A
Windows 7 ProfessionalManual
Windows 7 UltimateManual
Windows 7 EnterpriseManual
Windows 7 Starter SP1N/A
Windows 7 Home Basic SP1N/A
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1N/A
Windows 7 Professional SP1Manual
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1Manual
Windows 7 Enterprise SP1Manual
Display name:BranchCache
Service name:PeerDistSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k PeerDist
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\peerdistsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PeerDistSvc
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege

Default Behavior

BranchCache is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the BranchCache service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If BranchCache fails to start, Windows 7 attempts to write the failure details into Event Log. Then Windows 7 startup should proceed and the user should be notified that the PeerDistSvc service is not running because of the error.

Dependencies

BranchCache is unable to start, if the HTTP service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for BranchCache

1. Select your Windows 7 edition and service pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win7_PeerDistSvc_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The PeerDistSvc service is using the peerdistsvc.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 7 installation media.