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Group Policy Client

 

General Information

None at this time

Windows 8

Default Description

The service is responsible for applying settings configured by administrators for the computer and users through the Group Policy component. If the service is stopped or disabled, the settings will not be applied and applications and components will not be manageable through Group Policy. Any components or applications that depend on the Group Policy component might not be functional if the service is stopped or disabled.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)
Windows 8 x64 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): gpsvc
Display Name: Group Policy Client

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local System account (unchangeable)

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

The service is responsible for applying settings configured by administrators for the computer and users through the Group Policy component. If the service is stopped or disabled, the settings will not be applied and applications and components will not be manageable through Group Policy. Any components or applications that depend on the Group Policy component might not be functional if the service is stopped or disabled.

Additional Information

You cannot disable this service via services.msc, nor change its state by using a registry patch.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Professional Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): gpsvc
Display Name: Group Policy Client

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local System account (unchangeable)

Dependencies

What service Group Policy Client needs to function properly:

What other service require Group Policy Client to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

The service is responsible for applying settings configured by administrators for the computer and users through the Group Policy component. If the service is stopped or disabled, the settings will not be applied and applications and components will not be manageable through Group Policy. Any components or applications that depend on the Group Policy component might not be functional if the service is stopped or disabled.

Additional Information

You cannot disable this service via services.msc, nor change its state by using a registry patch. This service uses about 7.5 MB of RAM hiding under svchost.exe and usually in its own process.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic Automatic Automatic (Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic Automatic Automatic (Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): gpsvc
Display Name: Group Policy Client

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local System Account (unchangeable)

Dependencies

What service Group Policy Client needs to function properly:

What other service require Group Policy Client to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Additional Reading

None at this time.