NativeWiFi Filter (NativeWifiP) Service Defaults in Windows 8

NativeWiFi Miniport Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:NativeWiFi Filter
Service name:NativeWifiP
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NativeWifiP

Default Behavior

The NativeWiFi Filter service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If NativeWiFi Filter 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 NativeWifiP service hasn't been started.


If NativeWiFi Filter is disabled, the WLAN AutoConfig service will not be started and initialized.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of NativeWiFi Filter

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config NativeWifiP start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The NativeWifiP service is using the nwifi.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.