Protected Storage

 

General Information

Allows for the saving of local passwords or even web sites information (AutoComplete). This service is set to Manual by default. Due to security reasons, I recommend leaving this “feature” disabled to make things all that much more difficult to steal vital information if you do not “save” it (even though the “safe” configuration lists it as the default value for the next reason). On the other hand, you may need this service to manage private keys for encryption purposes. If so, leave this service on Manual to ensure the “higher” security settings you choose work. If you disable this service, you will no longer have any of your passwords saved, no matter how many times you click the box. If you enjoy having your passwords saved in applications like Outlook or Dial up networking or you are connecting to the internet via a domain controller/server that requires authentication, set this service to Automatic.

Windows 7

Default Description

Provides protected storage for sensitive data, such as passwords, to prevent access by unauthorized services, processes, or users.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

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

Service Names

Service Name (registry): ProtectedStorage
Display Name: Protected Storage

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Protected Storage needs to function properly:

What other service require Protected Storage to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Provides protected storage for sensitive data, such as passwords, to prevent access by unauthorized services, processes, or users.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Manual Manual Manual
Vista Home Premium Manual Manual Manual
Vista Business Manual Manual Manual
Vista Ultimate Manual Manual Manual
Vista Enterprise Manual Manual Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): ProtectedStorage
Display Name: Protected Storage

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Protected Storage needs to function properly:

What other service require Protected Storage to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Provides protected storage for sensitive data, such as private keys, to prevent access by unauthorized services, processes, or users.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): ProtectedStorage
Display Name: Protected Storage

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account (Allow service to interact with desktop)

Dependencies

What service Protected Storage needs to function properly:

  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

What other service require Protected Storage to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Provides protected storage for sensitive data, such as private keys, to prevent access by unauthorized services, processes, or users.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Pro Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): ProtectedStorage
Display Name: Protected Storage

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account (Allow service to interact with desktop)

Dependencies

What service Protected Storage needs to function properly:

What other service require Protected Storage to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.