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How to Start/Stop WebClient

Service name: WebClient

Display name: WebClient


Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not
be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Path to executable:

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

This method shows you how to Start/Stop WebClient service from Command Prompt

Perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and click on the Type here to search

Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator

Services Regedit CMD Msconfig

Please confirm User Account Control pop-up

Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window, select Paste and press Enter

To Start WebClient service:

net start WebClient

sc start WebClient

Note: You can’t start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.

To Stop WebClient service:

net stop WebClient

sc stop WebClient

To change Startup type:


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config WebClient start= auto


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

sc config WebClient start= demand


REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

sc config WebClient start= disabled

Automatic (Delayed Start):

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config WebClient start= delayed-auto

Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f