Family Safety (WPCSvc) Service Defaults in Windows 8

This service is a stub for Windows Parental Control functionality that existed in Vista. It is provided for backward compatibility only.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Family Safety
Service name:WPCSvc
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\WPCSvc
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

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


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

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Family Safety

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Family Safety 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 WPCSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The WPCSvc service is using the wpcsvc.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.