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

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config wcncsvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and 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.