Security Center (wscsvc) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Monitors system security settings and configurations.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Security Center
Service name:wscsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wscsvc

Default Behavior

Security Center is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the Security Center service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Security Center fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the wscsvc service has failed to start.


Security Center depends on the following system components:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Security Center

1. Select your Windows XP edition and service pack, and then click Download.

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

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The wscsvc service is using the wscsvc.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.