Windows Encryption Provider Host Service (WEPHOSTSVC) Defaults in Windows 8

Windows Encryption Provider Host Service brokers encryption related functionalities from 3rd Party Encryption Providers to processes that need to evaluate and apply EAS policies. Stopping this will compromise EAS compliancy checks that have been established by the connected Mail Accounts.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Windows Encryption Provider Host Service
Service name:WEPHOSTSVC
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k WepHostSvcGroup
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\wephostsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WEPHOSTSVC

Default Behavior

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

Dependencies

Windows Encryption Provider Host Service can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Encryption Provider Host Service

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Windows Encryption Provider Host Service 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 WEPHOSTSVC start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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