WebClient Service Defaults in Windows 7

Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:WebClient
Service name:WebClient
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:NetworkProvider
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\webclnt.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient
Privileges:
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege

Default Behavior

WebClient is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the WebClient service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If WebClient 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 WebClient service is not running because of the error.

Dependencies

WebClient is unable to start, if the WebDav Client Redirector Driver service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for WebClient

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

2. Save the Win7_WebClient_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The WebClient service is using the webclnt.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.