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How to Start/Stop Windows Biometric Service

Service name: WbioSrvc

Display name: Windows Biometric Service


Description:

The Windows biometric service gives client applications the ability to capture, compare, manipulate, and store biometric data without
gaining direct access to any biometric hardware or samples. The service is hosted in a privileged SVCHOST process.


Path to executable:

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k WbioSvcGroup

CMD:
This method shows you how to Start/Stop Windows Biometric Service from Command Prompt

Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and click on the Search programs and files

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

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 Windows Biometric Service:

net start WbioSrvc


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


To Stop Windows Biometric Service:

net stop WbioSrvc


To change Startup type:

Automatic:

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

Manual:

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

Disabled:

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

Automatic (Delayed Start):

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


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

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

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