Enables the download, installation and enforcement of digital licenses for Windows and Windows applications. If the service is disabled, the operating system and licensed applications may run in a notification mode. It is strongly recommended that you not disable the Software Protection service.
|Windows 8 edition||Windows 8||Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1 Update 1|
|Core||Automatic (Delayed Start)||Automatic||Automatic|
|Pro||Automatic (Delayed Start)||Automatic||Automatic|
|Enterprise||Automatic (Delayed Start)||Automatic||Automatic|
|Display name:||Software Protection|
The Software Protection service runs as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in its own process of sppsvc.exe. It does not share its process with other services. If Software Protection fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the sppsvc service has failed to start.
Software Protection won't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.
1. Select your Windows 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.
2. Save the RestoreSoftwareProtectionWindows8.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
sppsvc.exe file exists in the
%WinDir%\system32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.