Wireless Zero Configuration (WZCSVC) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Provides automatic configuration for the 802.11 adapters.

Default Settings

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

Default Behavior

Wireless Zero Configuration is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the Wireless Zero Configuration 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 Wireless Zero Configuration 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 WZCSVC service has failed to start.


Wireless Zero Configuration depends on the following system components:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Wireless Zero Configuration

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Wireless Zero Configuration 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 WZCSVC start= auto
sc start WZCSVC

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The WZCSVC service is using the wzcsvc.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.