Device Association Service (DeviceAssociationService) Defaults in Windows 8

Enables pairing between the system and wired or wireless devices.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Device Association Service
Service name:DeviceAssociationService
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DeviceAssociationService
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeDebugPrivilege

Default Behavior

Device Association Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Device Association Service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Device Association Service 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 DeviceAssociationService service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Device Association Service

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config DeviceAssociationService start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The DeviceAssociationService service is using the das.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.