Windows 10 Services

Performance Counters for Windows Driver - Windows 10 Service

Performance Counters for Windows Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

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:Performance Counters for Windows Driver
Service name:pcw
Error control:normal
Group:System Reserved

Default Behavior

The Performance Counters for Windows Driver service is a kernel mode driver. If Performance Counters for Windows Driver fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 10 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the pcw service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Type for Performance Counters for Windows Driver

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestorePerformanceCountersforWindowsDriverWindows10.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 pcw.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.