BranchCache (PeerDistSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

This service caches network content from peers on the local subnet.

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:BranchCache
Service name:PeerDistSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k PeerDist
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\peerdistsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PeerDistSvc
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege

Default Behavior

BranchCache is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the BranchCache service is started, it runs as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If BranchCache 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 PeerDistSvc service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

BranchCache can't start, if the HTTP Service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for BranchCache

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which BranchCache depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config PeerDistSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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