App Readiness (AppReadiness) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Gets apps ready for use the first time a user signs in to this PC and when adding new apps.

The App Readiness service does not exist in:

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:App Readiness
Service name:AppReadiness
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k AppReadiness
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AppReadiness
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeBackupPrivilege
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeProfileSingleProcessPrivilege

Default Behavior

App Readiness is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the App Readiness service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If App Readiness fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the AppReadiness service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of App Readiness

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config AppReadiness start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The AppReadiness service is using the AppReadiness.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 8 installation media.