Time Broker (TimeBroker) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Coordinates execution of background work for WinRT application. If this service is stopped or disabled, then background work might not be triggered.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Time Broker
Service name:TimeBroker
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\TimeBrokerServer.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TimeBroker
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Time Broker

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

2. Save the Win8_TimeBroker_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

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