Windows Font Cache Service (FontCache) Defaults in Windows 8

Optimizes performance of applications by caching commonly used font data. Applications will start this service if it is not already running. It can be disabled, though doing so will degrade application performance.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Windows Font Cache Service
Service name:FontCache
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:AudioGroup
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\FntCache.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FontCache
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Windows Font Cache Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the Windows Font Cache Service runs as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Windows Font Cache Service 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 FontCache service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Font Cache Service

1. Select your Windows 8 edition and update pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win8_FontCache_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The FontCache service is using the FntCache.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.