Windows serviceCryptographic Services

Registry Name



Provides three management services: Catalog Database Service, which confirms the signatures of Windows files and allows new programs to be installed; Protected Root Service, which adds and removes Trusted Root Certification Authority certificates from this computer; and Automatic Root Certificate Update Service, which retrieves root certificates from Windows Update and enable scenarios such as SSL. If this service is stopped, these management services will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Status


Default Startup Type


Executable File Path

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService -p

DLL File Path



The service depends on the following system components to function properly: System components that depend on this service to function properly:

Log On As

NT Authority\NetworkService

Additional Information

Critical Windows service. DO NOT disable.