Windows 7 Services

Credential Manager - Windows 7 Service

Provides secure storage and retrieval of credentials to users, applications and security service packages.

This service also exists in Windows 10 and 8.

Startup Type

Windows 7 edition without SP SP1
Starter Manual Manual
Home Basic Manual Manual
Home Premium Manual Manual
Professional Manual Manual
Ultimate Manual Manual
Enterprise Manual Manual

Default Properties

Display name:Credential Manager
Service name:VaultSvc
Error control:normal
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege

Default Behavior

The Credential Manager service runs as LocalSystem in a shared process. It shares the executable file with other services. If the Credential Manager fails to load or initialize, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows 7 startup should proceed, but a message box is displayed informing you that the VaultSvc service has failed to start.


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

If the Credential Manager is stopped, the Windows Biometric Service fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type of Credential Manager

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 7 edition and Service Pack, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreCredentialManagerWindows7.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 7 installation media.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.