Remote Desktop Configuration (SessionEnv) Service Defaults in Windows 7

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

Default Behavior

Remote Desktop Configuration is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the Remote Desktop Configuration 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 Remote Desktop Configuration 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 SessionEnv service is not running because of the error.

Dependencies

Remote Desktop Configuration is unable to start, if at least one of the following services is stopped or disabled:

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 7 installation media.