Storage Service (StorSvc) Defaults in Windows 8

Enforces group policy for storage devices.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Storage Service
Service name:StorSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\storsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\StorSvc
Privileges:
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

Storage Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Storage Service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Storage Service 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 StorSvc service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Storage Service

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config StorSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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