WebClient Service Defaults in Windows XP

Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:WebClient
Service name:WebClient
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient

Default Behavior

WebClient is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the WebClient service is running as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the WebClient fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the WebClient service has failed to start.


WebClient depends on the WebDav Client Redirector service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of WebClient

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which WebClient depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt.

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

sc config WebClient start= auto
sc start WebClient

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The WebClient service is using the webclnt.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 XP installation media.