Windows XP Services

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) - Windows XP Service

Provides image acquisition services for scanners and cameras.

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:Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
Service name:stisvc
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) service runs as LocalSystem in a shared process. It shares the executable file with other services. If the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) 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 stisvc service has failed to start.


Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) will not start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type of Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreWindowsImageAcquisitionWIAWindowsXP.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 wiaservc.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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