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How to Start/Stop Security Center

Service name: wscsvc

Display name: Security Center


The WSCSVC (Windows Security Center) service monitors and reports security health settings on the computer.  The health settings
include firewall (on/off), antivirus (on/off/out of date), antispyware (on/off/out of date), Windows Update (automatically/manually download
and install updates), User Account Control (on/off), and Internet settings (recommended/not recommended). The service provides COM
APIs for independent software vendors to register and record the state of their products to the Security Center service.  The Security and Maintenance UI uses the
service to provide systray alerts and a graphical view of the security health states in the Security and Maintenance control panel.  Network Access Protection (NAP)
uses the service to report the security health states of clients to the NAP Network Policy Server to make network quarantine decisions.  The service also has a
public API that allows external consumers to programmatically retrieve the aggregated security health state of the system.

Path to executable:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted -p

This method shows you how to Start/Stop Security Center 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 Security Center service:

net start wscsvc

sc start wscsvc

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

To Stop Security Center service:

net stop wscsvc

sc stop wscsvc

To change Startup type:


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

sc config wscsvc start= auto


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

sc config wscsvc start= demand


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

sc config wscsvc start= disabled

Automatic (Delayed Start):

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

sc config wscsvc 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\wscsvc" /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\wscsvc" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f