Work Folders (workfolderssvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

This service syncs files with the Work Folders server, enabling you to use the files on any of the PCs and devices on which you've set up Work Folders.

The Work Folders service does not exist in:

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Work Folders
Service name:workfolderssvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\workfolderssvc
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Work Folders is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Work Folders service is started, it runs as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Work Folders 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 workfolderssvc service hasn't been started.


Work Folders can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Work Folders

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Work Folders 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 command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config workfolderssvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The workfolderssvc service is using the workfolderssvc.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.