Credential Manager (VaultSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 7

Provides secure storage and retrieval of credentials to users, applications and security service packages.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Credential Manager
Service name:VaultSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VaultSvc
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege

Default Behavior

Credential Manager is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the Credential Manager service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of lsass.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If Credential Manager 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 VaultSvc service is not running because of the error.


Credential Manager is unable to start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

If Credential Manager is stopped, the Windows Biometric Service fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Credential Manager

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Credential Manager 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 VaultSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The VaultSvc service is using the lsass.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.