Windows Connection Manager (Wcmsvc) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Makes automatic connect/disconnect decisions based on the network connectivity options currently available to the PC and enables management of network connectivity based on Group Policy settings.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Windows Connection Manager
Service name:Wcmsvc
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Object:NT Authority\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted -p
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Wcmsvc
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Windows Connection Manager is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting automatically when the operating system starts. Then the Windows Connection Manager service is running as NT Authority\LocalService in its own process of svchost.exe. If Windows Connection 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 Wcmsvc service has failed to start due to the error.


Windows Connection Manager cannot be started under any conditions, if the following services are disabled, deleted or working improperly:

While Windows Connection Manager is stopped, disabled or working incorrectly, the following services do not start:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Windows Connection Manager

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Windows Connection 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 commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config Wcmsvc start= auto
sc start Wcmsvc

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Wcmsvc service is using the wcmsvc.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.