Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant (wlidsvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Enables user sign-in through Microsoft account identity services. If this service is stopped, users will not be able to logon to the computer with their Microsoft account.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant
Service name:wlidsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\wlidsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wlidsvc
Privileges:
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege

Default Behavior

Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant 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 wlidsvc service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant

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

2. Save the Win8_wlidsvc_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

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