Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup (NcdAutoSetup) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup service monitors and installs qualified devices that connect to a qualified network. Stopping or disabling this service will prevent Windows from discovering and installing qualified network connected devices automatically. Users can still manually add network connected devices to a PC through the user interface.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup
Service name:NcdAutoSetup
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NcdAutoSetup
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Default Behavior

Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup service is started, it runs as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup 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 NcdAutoSetup service hasn't been started.


Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup can't start, if the Network List Service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup

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

2. Save the Win8_NcdAutoSetup_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

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