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Protected Storage - Windows Vista Service

Provides protected storage for sensitive data, such as passwords, to prevent access by unauthorized services, processes, or users.

This service also exists in Windows 7 and XP.

Startup Type

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
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Default Properties

Display name:Protected Storage
Service name:ProtectedStorage
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\system32\lsass.exe
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem

Default Behavior

Protected Storage logs on as LocalSystem and runs in a shared process of lsass.exe. If Protected Storage fails to start, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows Vista startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the ProtectedStorage service has failed to start.

Dependencies

Protected Storage will not start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type for Protected Storage

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows Vista edition and Service Pack, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreProtectedStorageWindowsVista.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 to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the lsass.exe file exists in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows Vista installation media.