Windows XP Services

Smart Card Helper - Windows XP Service

Smart Card Resource Management Server by Microsoft Corporation.

This service exists in Windows XP only.

Startup Type

Windows XP edition without SP SP1 SP2 SP3
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Default Properties

Display name:Smart Card Helper
Service name:SCardDrv
Error control:ignore
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService

Default Behavior

The Smart Card Helper service runs as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process. It shares the executable file with other services. If the Smart Card Helper fails to load or initialize, Windows XP start up proceeds. No warning is displayed, but the error is recorded into the Event Log.


Smart Card Helper will not start, if the service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type of Smart Card Helper

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreSmartCardHelperWindowsXP.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 SCardSvr.exe 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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