Windows XP Services

Wired AutoConfig - Windows XP Service

This service performs IEEE 802.1X authentication on Ethernet interfaces.

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

Startup Type

Windows XP edition without SP SP1 SP2 SP3
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Default Properties

Display name:Wired AutoConfig
Service name:Dot3svc
Path:%WinDir%\System32\svchost.exe -k dot3svc
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The Wired AutoConfig service runs as localSystem in a shared process. It shares the executable file with other services. If the Wired AutoConfig fails to load or initialize, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box is displayed informing you that the Dot3svc service has failed to start.


Wired AutoConfig will not start, if the following services are stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type of Wired AutoConfig

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreWiredAutoConfigWindowsXP.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Run the downloaded batch file.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the dot3svc.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows XP installation media.

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