DHCP Client Service Defaults in Windows 8

Registers and updates IP addresses and DNS records for your computer. If this service is stopped, your computer will not receive dynamic IP addresses and DNS updates. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:DHCP Client
Service name:Dhcp
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT Authority\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dhcp
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege

Default Behavior

DHCP Client is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the DHCP Client service runs as NT Authority\LocalService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If DHCP Client 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 Dhcp service hasn't been started.


DHCP Client can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

All the services listed below will not start if DHCP Client is disabled:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of DHCP Client

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which DHCP Client 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 Dhcp start= auto
sc start Dhcp

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Dhcp service is using the dhcpcore.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.