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Security Accounts Manager

 

General Information

None at this time

Windows 8

Default Description

The startup of this service signals other services that the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) is ready to accept requests. Disabling this service will prevent other services in the system from being notified when the SAM is ready, which may in turn cause those services to fail to start correctly. This service should not be disabled.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

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

Service Names

Service Name (registry): SamSs
Display Name: Security Accounts Manager

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

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

Windows 7

Default Description

The startup of this service signals other services that the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) is ready to accept requests. Disabling this service will prevent other services in the system from being notified when the SAM is ready, which may in turn cause those services to fail to start correctly. This service should not be disabled.

Additional Information

This is another service that cannot be disabled by using services.msc, nor change its state using a registry patch.

This service uses between 1MB and 5MB depending on system RAM.

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): SamSs
Display Name: Security Accounts Manager

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Security Accounts Manager needs to function properly:

What other service require Security Accounts Manager to function properly:

Windows Vista

Default Description

The startup of this service signals other services that the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) is ready to accept requests. Disabling this service will prevent other services in the system from being notified when the SAM is ready, which may in turn cause those services to fail to start correctly. This service should not be disabled.

Additional Information

This is another service that cannot be disabled by using services.msc, nor change its state using a registry patch.

This service uses between 1MB and 10MB depending on system RAM.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) 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): SamSs
Display Name: Security Accounts Manager

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Security Accounts Manager needs to function properly:

What other service require Security Accounts Manager to function properly:

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Stores security information for local user accounts.

Additional Information

Like Protected Storage, it saves profile and security information for local users. This service is required for IIS Admin. If you have ever used the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) to modify your settings, you need to keep this service running, otherwise, your modifications will not apply. After the installation of Service Pack 2, you may no longer be able to stop this service.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): SamSs
Display Name: Security Accounts Manager

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Security Accounts Manager needs to function properly:

  • None

What other service require Security Accounts Manager to function properly:

  • Distributed Transaction Coordinator
    • Message Queuing
      • Message Queuing Triggers
  • IIS Admin
    • FTP Publishing
    • Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)
    • World Wide Web Publishing

Windows XP

Default Description

Stores security information for local user accounts.

Additional Information

Like Protected Storage, it saves profile and security information for local users. This service is required for IIS Admin. If you have ever used the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) to modify your settings, you need to keep this service running, otherwise, your modifications will not apply. After the installation of Service Pack 2 or 3, you will no longer be able to stop this service.

Default Startup Type

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

Service Names

Service Name (registry): SamSs
Display Name: Security Accounts Manager

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Security Accounts Manager needs to function properly:

What other service require Security Accounts Manager to function properly:

Additional Reading

None at this time.