Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) (StiSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Provides image acquisition services for scanners and cameras.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
Service name:StiSvc
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Object:NT Authority\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\StiSvc
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

The Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) service is a Win32 program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) service is started, it runs as NT Authority\LocalService in its own process of svchost.exe. If Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) 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 StiSvc service hasn't been started.


Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)

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

2. Save the Win8_StiSvc_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

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