Security Center (wscsvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

The WSCSVC (Windows Security Center) service monitors and reports security health settings on the computer. The health settings include firewall (on/off), antivirus (on/off/out of date), antispyware (on/off/out of date), Windows Update (automatically/manually download and install updates), User Account Control (on/off), and Internet settings (recommended/not recommended). The service provides COM APIs for independent software vendors to register and record the state of their products to the Security Center service. The Action Center (AC) UI uses the service to provide systray alerts and a graphical view of the security health states in the AC control panel. Network Access Protection (NAP) uses the service to report the security health states of clients to the NAP Network Policy Server to make network quarantine decisions. The service also has a public API that allows external consumers to programmatically retrieve the aggregated security health state of the system.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows 8 CoreAutomatic (Delayed Start)
Windows 8 ProAutomatic (Delayed Start)
Windows 8 EnterpriseAutomatic (Delayed Start)
Windows 8.1 CoreAutomatic
Windows 8.1 ProAutomatic
Windows 8.1 EnterpriseAutomatic
Windows 8.1 Update 1 CoreAutomatic
Windows 8.1 Update 1 ProAutomatic
Windows 8.1 Update 1 EnterpriseAutomatic
Display name:Security Center
Service name:wscsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\wscsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wscsvc
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Security Center is a Win32 service. It is starting automatically after the operating system and most important software have been loaded and started in Windows 8 Core, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise. This service is starting automatically during the operating system startup in Windows 8.1 Core, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Core, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Enterprise. When the Security Center service is started, it runs as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Security Center 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 wscsvc service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

Security Center can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Security Center

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Security Center depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Depending on the version of your operating system, copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER.

For Windows 8 Core, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise:
sc config wscsvc start= delayed-auto
sc start wscsvc

For Windows 8.1 Core, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Core, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Enterprise:
sc config wscsvc start= auto
sc start wscsvc

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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