Windows Connection Manager (Wcmsvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Makes automatic connect/disconnect decisions based on the network connectivity options currently available to the PC and enables management of network connectivity based on Group Policy settings.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Windows Connection Manager
Service name:Wcmsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:TDI
Object:NT Authority\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\wcmsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Wcmsvc
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Windows Connection Manager is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the Windows Connection Manager service runs as NT Authority\LocalService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Windows 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 Wcmsvc service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

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

All the services listed below will not start if Windows Connection Manager is disabled:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Connection Manager

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

2. Save the Win8_Wcmsvc_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

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