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Hardware Policy Driver - Windows 10 Service

Contains Processor and other policies.

This service also exists in Windows 7 and 8.

Startup Type

Windows 10 edition 1507 1511 1607 1703
Home Boot Boot Boot Boot
Pro Boot Boot Boot Boot
Education Boot Boot Boot Boot
Enterprise Boot Boot Boot Boot

Default Properties

Display name:Hardware Policy Driver
Service name:hwpolicy
Type:kernel
Path:%WinDir%\System32\drivers\hwpolicy.sys
Error control:ignore

Default Behavior

The Hardware Policy Driver service is a kernel mode driver. If Hardware Policy Driver fails to load or initialize, Windows 10 start up proceeds. No warning is displayed, but the error is recorded into the Event Log.

Restore Default Startup Type for Hardware Policy Driver

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 10 edition and release, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreHardwarePolicyDriverWindows10.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the hwpolicy.sys file exists in the %WinDir%\System32\drivers folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 10 installation media.