Windows Store Service (WSService) Defaults in Windows 8

Provides infrastructure support for Windows Store.This service is started on demand and if disabled applications bought using Windows Store will not behave correctly.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Windows Store Service (WSService)
Service name:WSService
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k wsappx
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WSService
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege

Default Behavior

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


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

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Windows Store Service (WSService)

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Windows Store Service (WSService) 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 WSService start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The WSService service is using the WSService.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.