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Performance Counters for Windows Driver - Windows 8 Service

Performance Counters for Windows Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

This service also exists in Windows 10 and 7.

Startup Type

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

Default Properties

Display name:Performance Counters for Windows Driver
Service name:pcw
Type:kernel
Path:%WinDir%\System32\drivers\pcw.sys
Error control:normal
Group:Base

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 8 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 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestorePerformanceCountersforWindowsDriverWindows8.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 pcw.sys file exists in the %WinDir%\System32\drivers folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.