Network Provisioning Service (xmlprov) Defaults in Windows XP

Manages XML configuration files on a domain basis for automatic network provisioning.

The Network Provisioning Service does not exist in:

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Network Provisioning Service
Service name:xmlprov
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\xmlprov

Default Behavior

Network Provisioning Service is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. When the Network Provisioning Service is started, it 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 Network Provisioning Service 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 xmlprov service has failed to start.


Network Provisioning Service depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Network Provisioning Service

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

1. Run the Command Prompt.

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

sc config xmlprov start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The xmlprov service is using the xmlprov.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.