Hardware Policy Driver (hwpolicy) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Contains Processor and other policies.

Default Settings

Startup type:Boot
Display name:Hardware Policy Driver
Service name:hwpolicy
Service type:kernel
Error control:ignore
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\hwpolicy.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\hwpolicy

Default Behavior

The Hardware Policy Driver service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it is being loaded by Boot Loader before Kernel initialization. If Hardware Policy Driver fails to load or initialize, Windows 8 startup proceeds. The error details should be added to Event Log without notifying the user.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Hardware Policy Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config hwpolicy start= boot
sc start hwpolicy

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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