PEAUTH Service Defaults in Windows 8

Protected Environment Authentication and Authorization Export Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:PEAUTH
Service name:PEAUTH
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PEAUTH

Default Behavior

The PEAUTH service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. If PEAUTH 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 PEAUTH service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of PEAUTH

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config PEAUTH start= auto
sc start PEAUTH

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The PEAUTH service is using the peauth.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.