Remote Registry (RemoteRegistry) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Enables remote users to modify registry settings on your computer. If this service is stopped, the registry can be modified only by users on your computer. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

The Remote Registry service does not exist in:

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Remote Registry
Service name:RemoteRegistry
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\RemoteRegistry

Default Behavior

Remote Registry is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the Remote Registry service is running as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Remote Registry fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the RemoteRegistry service has failed to start.


Remote Registry depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Remote Registry

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Remote Registry depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt.

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

sc config RemoteRegistry start= auto
sc start RemoteRegistry

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The RemoteRegistry service is using the regsvc.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 XP installation media.