Network Setup Service (NetSetupSvc) Defaults in Windows 10

The Network Setup Service manages the installation of network drivers and permits the configuration of low-level network settings. If this service is stopped, any driver installations that are in-progress may be cancelled.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Network Setup Service
Service name:NetSetupSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs -p
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetSetupSvc
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

Network Setup Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Network Setup Service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Network Setup Service fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the NetSetupSvc service has failed to start due to the error.


Network Setup Service cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Network Setup Service

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Network Setup Service 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 NetSetupSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The NetSetupSvc service is using the NetSetupSvc.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.