Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup (NcdAutoSetup) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup service monitors and installs qualified devices that connect to a qualified network. Stopping or disabling this service will prevent Windows from discovering and installing qualified network connected devices automatically. Users can still manually add network connected devices to a PC through the user interface.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup
Service name:NcdAutoSetup
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NcdAutoSetup
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Default Behavior

Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup service is started, it runs as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the NcdAutoSetup service hasn't been started.


Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup can't start, if the Network List Service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup 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 NcdAutoSetup start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The NcdAutoSetup service is using the NcdAutoSetup.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 8 installation media.