Family Safety (WPCSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

This service is a stub for Windows Parental Control functionality that existed in Vista. It is provided for backward compatibility only.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Family Safety
Service name:WPCSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT Authority\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\wpcsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WPCSvc
Privileges:
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Family Safety is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Family Safety service is started, it runs as NT Authority\LocalService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Family Safety 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 WPCSvc service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

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

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Family Safety

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

2. Save the Win8_WPCSvc_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

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