Application Management (AppMgmt) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Processes installation, removal, and enumeration requests for software deployed through Group Policy. If the service is disabled, users will be unable to install, remove, or enumerate software deployed through Group Policy. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows 8 Core Windows 8N/A
Windows 8 ProManual
Windows 8 EnterpriseManual
Windows 8 Core Windows 8.1N/A
Windows 8.1 ProManual
Windows 8.1 EnterpriseManual
Windows 8 Core Windows 8.1 Update 1N/A
Windows 8.1 Update 1 ProManual
Windows 8.1 Update 1 EnterpriseManual
Display name:Application Management
Service name:AppMgmt
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\appmgmts.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AppMgmt
Privileges:
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege
  • SeShutdownPrivilege
  • SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege

Default Behavior

Application Management is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Application Management service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Application Management fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the AppMgmt service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Application Management

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config AppMgmt start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The AppMgmt service is using the appmgmts.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.