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

2. Save the Win8_hwpolicy_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. 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.