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Security Center - Windows 8 Service

The WSCSVC (Windows Security Center) service monitors and reports security health settings on the computer. The health settings include firewall (on/off), antivirus (on/off/out of date), antispyware (on/off/out of date), Windows Update (automatically/manually download and install updates), User Account Control (on/off), and Internet settings (recommended/not recommended). The service provides COM APIs for independent software vendors to register and record the state of their products to the Security Center service. The Action Center (AC) UI uses the service to provide systray alerts and a graphical view of the security health states in the AC control panel. Network Access Protection (NAP) uses the service to report the security health states of clients to the NAP Network Policy Server to make network quarantine decisions. The service also has a public API that allows external consumers to programmatically retrieve the aggregated security health state of the system.

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 (Delayed Start) Automatic Automatic
Pro Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic Automatic
Enterprise Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

Display name:Security Center
Service name:wscsvc
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
File:%WinDir%\System32\wscsvc.dll
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

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

Dependencies

Security Center won't start, if the following services are stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type for Security Center

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreSecurityCenterWindows8.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 wscsvc.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.