Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Collects and stores configuration information for the network and notifies programs when this information is modified. If this service is stopped, configuration information might be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Network Location Awareness
Service name:NlaSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService -p
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NlaSvc
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege

Default Behavior

Network Location Awareness is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting automatically when the operating system starts. Then the Network Location Awareness service is running as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Network Location Awareness fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the NlaSvc service has failed to start due to the error.


Network Location Awareness cannot be started under any conditions, if the following services are disabled, deleted or working improperly:

While Network Location Awareness is stopped, disabled or working incorrectly, the Network List Service cannot be launched.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Network Location Awareness

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Network Location Awareness 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 commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config NlaSvc start= auto
sc start NlaSvc

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The NlaSvc service is using the nlasvc.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.