Remote Access Auto Connection Manager (RasAuto) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Creates a connection to a remote network whenever a program references a remote DNS or NetBIOS name or address.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
Service name:RasAuto
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:localSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\rasauto.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasAuto
Privileges:
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege

Default Behavior

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Remote Access Auto Connection Manager service is started, it runs as localSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Remote Access Auto Connection Manager 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 RasAuto service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Remote Access Auto Connection Manager

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Remote Access Auto Connection Manager 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 RasAuto start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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