Windows Defender Boot Driver (WdBoot) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Windows Defender Boot Driver.

Default Settings

Startup type:Boot
Display name:Windows Defender Boot Driver
Service name:WdBoot
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WdBoot

Default Behavior

The Windows Defender Boot Driver service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it is being loaded by Boot Loader before Kernel initialization. If Windows Defender Boot Driver 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 WdBoot service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Windows Defender Boot Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config WdBoot start= boot
sc start WdBoot

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The WdBoot service is using the WdBoot.sys file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32\drivers directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 8 installation media.