Family Safety Filter Driver (wpcfltr) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Family Safety Filter Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Family Safety Filter Driver
Service name:wpcfltr
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wpcfltr

Default Behavior

The Family Safety Filter Driver service is a kernel device driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If Family Safety Filter Driver 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 wpcfltr service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Family Safety Filter Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config wpcfltr start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The wpcfltr service is using the wpcfltr.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.