KSecDD Service Defaults in Windows 8

Kernel Security Support Provider Interface by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type: Boot
Display name:KSecDD
Service name:KSecDD
Service type:kernel
Error control:critical
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\KSecDD

Default Behavior

The KSecDD service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it is being loaded by Boot Loader before Kernel initialization. If KSecDD fails to load or initialize, the error details should be automatically logged. Then Windows 8 is restarting the PC and attempting to use the Last Known Good configuration. If the Last Known Good configuration isn't working properly, Windows 8 startup ends with a Stop error. If you disable the KSecDD service, Windows 8 will fail to start.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of KSecDD

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config KSecDD start= boot
sc start KSecDD

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The KSecDD service is using the ksecdd.sys file that is located in the C:\Windows\System32\Drivers directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 8 installation media.