Performance Logs & Alerts (pla) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Performance Logs and Alerts Collects performance data from local or remote computers based on preconfigured schedule parameters, then writes the data to a log or triggers an alert. If this service is stopped, performance information will not be collected. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Performance Logs & Alerts
Service name:pla
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\pla.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\pla
Privileges:
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Dependencies

Performance Logs & Alerts can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Performance Logs & Alerts

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Performance Logs & Alerts 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 pla start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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