Storage Service (StorSvc) Defaults in Windows 8

Enforces group policy for storage devices.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Storage Service
Service name:StorSvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\StorSvc
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Storage Service

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config StorSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The StorSvc service is using the storsvc.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.