Smart Card Removal Policy (SCPolicySvc) Service Defaults in Windows 7

Allows the system to be configured to lock the user desktop upon smart card removal.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Smart Card Removal Policy
Service name:SCPolicySvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\certprop.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SCPolicySvc
Privileges:
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Smart Card Removal Policy is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the Smart Card Removal Policy service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If Smart Card Removal Policy 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 SCPolicySvc service is not running because of the error.

Dependencies

Smart Card Removal Policy is unable to start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Smart Card Removal Policy

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Smart Card Removal Policy 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 SCPolicySvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The SCPolicySvc service is using the certprop.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.