Portable Device Enumerator Service (WPDBusEnum) Defaults in Windows 8

Enforces group policy for removable mass-storage devices. Enables applications such as Windows Media Player and Image Import Wizard to transfer and synchronize content using removable mass-storage devices.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Portable Device Enumerator Service
Service name:WPDBusEnum
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\wpdbusenum.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WPDBusEnum
Privileges:
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeCreatePermanentPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Portable Device Enumerator Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Portable Device Enumerator Service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Portable Device Enumerator 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 WPDBusEnum service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

Portable Device Enumerator Service can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Portable Device Enumerator Service

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

2. Save the Win8_WPDBusEnum_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

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