Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar (wcncsvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

WCNCSVC hosts the Windows Connect Now Configuration which is Microsoft's Implementation of Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) protocol. This is used to configure Wireless LAN settings for an Access Point (AP) or a Wi-Fi Device. The service is started programmatically as needed.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar
Service name:wcncsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\wcncsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wcncsvc
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Default Behavior

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

Dependencies

Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar

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

2. Save the Win8_wcncsvc_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

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