Microsoft Passport Container (NgcCtnrSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Manages local user identity keys used to authenticate user to identity providers as well as TPM virtual smart cards. If this service is disabled, local user identity keys and TPM virtual smart cards will not be accessible. It is recommended that you do not reconfigure this service.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Microsoft Passport Container
Service name:NgcCtnrSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted -p
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NgcCtnrSvc

Default Behavior

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


Microsoft Passport Container cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Microsoft Passport Container

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Microsoft Passport Container 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 NgcCtnrSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The NgcCtnrSvc service is using the NgcCtnrSvc.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.