Windows Location Framework Service (lfsvc) Defaults in Windows 8

This services monitors the current location of the system and manages geo-fences (a geographical location with associated events). If you turn off this service, applications will be unable to use or receive notifications for geo-fences.

The Windows Location Framework Service does not exist in:

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Windows Location Framework Service
Service name:lfsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lfsvc
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

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


Windows Location Framework Service can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Windows Location Framework Service

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Windows Location Framework Service 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 lfsvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The lfsvc service is using the GeofenceMonitorService.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.