Windows Connection Manager (Wcmsvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Makes automatic connect/disconnect decisions based on the network connectivity options currently available to the PC and enables management of network connectivity based on Group Policy settings.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Windows Connection Manager
Service name:Wcmsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT Authority\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Wcmsvc
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Windows Connection Manager is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the Windows Connection Manager service runs as NT Authority\LocalService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Windows Connection Manager 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 Wcmsvc service hasn't been started.


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

All the services listed below will not start if Windows Connection Manager is disabled:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Windows Connection Manager

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Windows Connection Manager 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 Wcmsvc start= auto
sc start Wcmsvc

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Wcmsvc service is using the wcmsvc.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.