Windows Push Notifications User Service (WpnUserService) Defaults in Windows 10

This service hosts Windows notification platform which provides support for local and push notifications. Supported notifications are tile, toast and raw.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows 10 Home 1507N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1507N/A
Windows 10 Education 1507N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1507N/A
Windows 10 Home 1511N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1511N/A
Windows 10 Education 1511N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1511N/A
Windows 10 Home 1607Manual
Windows 10 Pro 1607Manual
Windows 10 Education 1607Manual
Windows 10 Enterprise 1607Manual
Windows 10 Home 1703Automatic
Windows 10 Pro 1703Automatic
Windows 10 Education 1703Automatic
Windows 10 Enterprise 1703Automatic
Windows 10 Home 1709Automatic
Windows 10 Pro 1709Automatic
Windows 10 Education 1709Automatic
Windows 10 Enterprise 1709Automatic
Windows 10 Home 1803Automatic
Windows 10 Pro 1803Automatic
Windows 10 Education 1803Automatic
Windows 10 Enterprise 1803Automatic
Windows 10 Home 1809Automatic
Windows 10 Pro 1809Automatic
Windows 10 Education 1809Automatic
Windows 10 Enterprise 1809Automatic
Windows 10 Home 1903Automatic
Windows 10 Pro 1903Automatic
Windows 10 Education 1903Automatic
Windows 10 Enterprise 1903Automatic
Windows 10 Home 2004Automatic
Windows 10 Pro 2004Automatic
Windows 10 Education 2004Automatic
Windows 10 Enterprise 2004Automatic
Windows 10 Home 20H2Automatic
Windows 10 Pro 20H2Automatic
Windows 10 Education 20H2Automatic
Windows 10 Enterprise 20H2Automatic
Windows 10 Home 21H1Automatic
Windows 10 Pro 21H1Automatic
Windows 10 Education 21H1Automatic
Windows 10 Enterprise 21H1Automatic
Windows 10 Home 21H2Automatic
Windows 10 Pro 21H2Automatic
Windows 10 Education 21H2Automatic
Windows 10 Enterprise 21H2Automatic
Display name:Windows Push Notifications User Service
Service name:WpnUserService
Service type:user share process template
Error control:ignore
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k UnistackSvcGroup
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\WpnUserService.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WpnUserService
Privileges:
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege

Default Behavior

It is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it in all editions of Windows 10 1607. This service is starting automatically when the operating system starts in all editions of Windows 10 1703, Windows 10 1709, Windows 10 1803, Windows 10 1809, Windows 10 1903, Windows 10 2004, Windows 10 20H2, Windows 10 21H1, Windows 10 21H2.

If Windows Push Notifications User Service fails to load or initialize, Windows 10 start up proceeds without warnings. However the error details are being logged.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Windows Push Notifications User Service

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 10 1607 Home, Windows 10 1607 Pro, Windows 10 1607 Education, Windows 10 1607 Enterprise:
sc config WpnUserService start= demand

For Windows 10 1703 Home, Windows 10 1703 Pro, Windows 10 1703 Education, Windows 10 1703 Enterprise, Windows 10 1709 Home, Windows 10 1709 Pro, Windows 10 1709 Education, Windows 10 1709 Enterprise, Windows 10 1803 Home, Windows 10 1803 Pro, Windows 10 1803 Education, Windows 10 1803 Enterprise, Windows 10 1809 Home, Windows 10 1809 Pro, Windows 10 1809 Education, Windows 10 1809 Enterprise, Windows 10 1903 Home, Windows 10 1903 Pro, Windows 10 1903 Education, Windows 10 1903 Enterprise, Windows 10 1909 Home, Windows 10 1909 Pro, Windows 10 1909 Education, Windows 10 1909 Enterprise, Windows 10 2004 Home, Windows 10 2004 Pro, Windows 10 2004 Education, Windows 10 2004 Enterprise, Windows 10 20H2 Home, Windows 10 20H2 Pro, Windows 10 20H2 Education, Windows 10 20H2 Enterprise, Windows 10 21H1 Home, Windows 10 21H1 Pro, Windows 10 21H1 Education, Windows 10 21H1 Enterprise, Windows 10 21H2 Home, Windows 10 21H2 Pro, Windows 10 21H2 Education, Windows 10 21H2 Enterprise:
sc config WpnUserService start= auto
sc start WpnUserService

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The WpnUserService service is using the WpnUserService.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.