Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 7

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
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NlaSvc
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege

Default Behavior

Network Location Awareness is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it is starting automatically on the operating system startup. Then the Network Location Awareness service is running as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If Network Location Awareness fails to start, Windows 7 attempts to write the failure details into Event Log. Then Windows 7 startup should proceed and the user should be notified that the NlaSvc service is not running because of the error.


Network Location Awareness is unable to start, if at least one of the following services is stopped or disabled:

If Network Location Awareness is stopped, the following services cannot start:

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 svchost.exe 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 7 installation media.