Security Center (wscsvc) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Monitors system security settings and configurations.

The Security Center service does not exist in:

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Security Center
Service name:wscsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wscsvc

Default Behavior

Security Center is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the Security Center service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Security Center 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 wscsvc service has failed to start.


Security Center depends on the following system components:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Security Center

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Security Center 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 wscsvc start= auto
sc start wscsvc

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The wscsvc service is using the wscsvc.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.