Software Protection (sppsvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Enables the download, installation and enforcement of digital licenses for Windows and Windows applications. If the service is disabled, the operating system and licensed applications may run in a notification mode. It is strongly recommended that you not disable the Software Protection service.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows 8 CoreAutomatic (Delayed Start)
Windows 8 ProAutomatic (Delayed Start)
Windows 8 EnterpriseAutomatic (Delayed Start)
Windows 8.1 CoreAutomatic
Windows 8.1 ProAutomatic
Windows 8.1 EnterpriseAutomatic
Windows 8.1 Update 1 CoreAutomatic
Windows 8.1 Update 1 ProAutomatic
Windows 8.1 Update 1 EnterpriseAutomatic
Display name:Software Protection
Service name:sppsvc
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\sppsvc.exe
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sppsvc
Privileges:
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

The Software Protection service is a Win32 program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. It is starting automatically after the operating system and most important software have been loaded and started in Windows 8 Core, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise. This service is starting automatically during the operating system startup in Windows 8.1 Core, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Core, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Enterprise. When the Software Protection service is started, it runs as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in its own process of sppsvc.exe. If Software Protection 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 sppsvc service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

Software Protection can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Software Protection

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

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Depending on the version of your operating system, copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER.

For Windows 8 Core, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise:
sc config sppsvc start= delayed-auto
sc start sppsvc

For Windows 8.1 Core, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Core, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Enterprise:
sc config sppsvc start= auto
sc start sppsvc

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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