Windows 8 Services

Portable Device Enumerator Service - Windows 8 Service

Enforces group policy for removable mass-storage devices. Enables applications such as Windows Media Player and Image Import Wizard to transfer and synchronize content using removable mass-storage devices.

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

Startup Type

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

Display name:Portable Device Enumerator Service
Service name:WPDBusEnum
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
Error control:normal
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeCreatePermanentPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

The Portable Device Enumerator Service runs as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services might run in the same process. If Portable Device Enumerator Service fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the WPDBusEnum service has failed to start.


Portable Device Enumerator Service won't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type for Portable Device Enumerator Service

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestorePortableDeviceEnumeratorServiceWindows8.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 wpdbusenum.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.