SPP Notification Service (sppuinotify) Defaults in Windows 7

Provides Software Licensing activation and notification.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:SPP Notification Service
Service name:sppuinotify
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\sppuinotify
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

SPP Notification Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the SPP Notification Service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If SPP Notification Service 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 sppuinotify service is not running because of the error.


SPP Notification Service is unable to start, if the COM+ Event System service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of SPP Notification Service

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which SPP Notification 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 sppuinotify start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The sppuinotify service is using the sppuinotify.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 7 installation media.