Credential Manager (VaultSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Provides secure storage and retrieval of credentials to users, applications and security service packages.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Credential Manager
Service name:VaultSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VaultSvc
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege

Default Behavior

Credential Manager is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Credential Manager service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of lsass.exe along with other services. If Credential Manager fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the VaultSvc service has failed to start due to the error.


Credential Manager cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

While Credential Manager is stopped, disabled or working incorrectly, the Windows Biometric Service cannot be launched.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Credential Manager

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Credential Manager 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 VaultSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The VaultSvc service is using the vaultsvc.dll file that is located in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.