Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Collects and stores configuration information for the network and notifies programs when this information is modified. If this service is stopped, configuration information might be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Network Location Awareness
Service name:NlaSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NlaSvc
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege

Default Behavior

Network Location Awareness is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the Network Location Awareness service runs as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Network Location Awareness 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 NlaSvc service hasn't been started.


Network Location Awareness can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

All the services listed below will not start if Network Location Awareness is disabled:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Network Location Awareness

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Network Location Awareness 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 NlaSvc start= auto
sc start NlaSvc

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The NlaSvc service is using the nlasvc.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.