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DNS Client - Windows 8 Service

The DNS Client service (dnscache) caches Domain Name System (DNS) names and registers the full computer name for your computer. If the service is stopped, DNS names will continue to be resolved. However, the results of DNS name queries will not be cached and the computer's name will not be registered. If the service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7, Vista and XP.

Startup Type

Windows 8 edition Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1
Core Automatic Automatic Automatic
Pro Automatic Automatic Automatic
Enterprise Automatic Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

Display name:DNS Client
Service name:Dnscache
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
File:%WinDir%\System32\dnsrslvr.dll
Error control:normal
Group:TDI
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege

Default Behavior

The DNS Client service runs as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services might run in the same process. If DNS Client fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the Dnscache service has failed to start.

Dependencies

DNS Client won't start, if the following services are stopped or disabled:

If DNS Client is stopped, the Network Connectivity Assistant service fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type for DNS Client

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreDNSClientWindows8.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.

Note. Make sure that the dnsrslvr.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.