Windows Perception Simulation Service (perceptionsimulation) Defaults in Windows 10

Enables spatial perception simulation, virtual camera management and spatial input simulation.

The Windows Perception Simulation Service does not exist in:

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Windows Perception Simulation Service
Service name:perceptionsimulation
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\perceptionsimulation

Default Behavior

Windows Perception Simulation Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Windows Perception Simulation Service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in its own process of PerceptionSimulationService.exe. If Windows Perception Simulation Service fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the perceptionsimulation service has failed to start due to the error.


Windows Perception Simulation Service cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Windows Perception Simulation Service

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

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config perceptionsimulation start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The perceptionsimulation service is using the PerceptionSimulationService.exe file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32\PerceptionSimulation directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.