Windows Vista Services

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) - Windows Vista Service

Provides image acquisition services for scanners and cameras.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7, 8 and XP.

Startup Type

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
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Default Properties

Display name:Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
Service name:stisvc
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
Error control:normal
Object:NT Authority\LocalService
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) logs on as NT Authority\LocalService and runs in its own process of svchost.exe. Other services may not run in the same process. If Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) 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 stisvc service has failed to start.


Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) won't start, if the following system components are stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type for Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreWindowsImageAcquisitionWIAWindowsVista.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 wiaservc.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows Vista installation media.

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