Windows 8 Services

BranchCache - Windows 8 Service

This service caches network content from peers on the local subnet.

This service also exists in Windows 10 and 7.

Startup Type

Windows 8 edition Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1
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Default Properties

Display name:BranchCache
Service name:PeerDistSvc
Path:%WinDir%\System32\svchost.exe -k PeerDist
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege

Default Behavior

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


BranchCache won't start, if the HTTP Service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type for BranchCache

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreBranchCacheWindows8.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 peerdistsvc.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.