Storage Service (StorSvc) Defaults in Windows 7

Enforces group policy for storage devices.

The Storage Service exists only in:

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Storage Service
Service name:StorSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\StorSvc
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

Storage Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the Storage Service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If Storage Service fails to start, Windows 7 attempts to write the failure details into Event Log. Then Windows 7 startup should proceed and the user should be notified that the StorSvc service is not running because of the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Storage Service

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config StorSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The StorSvc service is using the storsvc.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 7 installation media.