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Smart Card

 

General Information

None at this time

Windows 8

Default Description

Manages access to smart cards read by this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will be unable to read smart cards. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Disabled
Windows 8 x64 Disabled
Windows 8 Pro x86 Disabled
Windows 8 Pro x64 Disabled
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Disabled
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Disabled

Service Names

Service Name (registry): SCardSvr
Display Name: Smart Card

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

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

Windows 7

Default Description

Manages access to smart cards read by this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will be unable to read smart cards. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

Smart Cards are credit card sized with embedded microchips with encoded information to include anything desired, but usually access privileges. If you do not use Smart Cards on your computer, this service and the following group of services can safely be disabled:

Default Startup Type

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

Service Names

Service Name (registry): SCardSvr
Display Name: Smart Card

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

What service Smart Card needs to function properly:

What other service require Smart Card to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Manages access to smart cards read by this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will be unable to read smart cards. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

Smart Cards are credit card sized with embedded microchips with encoded information to include anything desired, but usually access privledges. If you do not use Smart Cards on your computer, this service and the following group of services can safely be disabled:

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): SCardSvr
Display Name: Smart Card

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

What service Smart Card needs to function properly:

What other service require Smart Card to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Manages access to smart cards read by this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will be unable to read smart cards. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

Supports the use of a Smart Card for local or network computer authentication. If you do not have a “Smart Card,” or you do not know what a Smart Card is, you do not need this service running. Save the 2.2 MB to 2.4 MB of RAM this service uses.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): SCardSvr
Display Name: Smart Card

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\SCardSvr.exe

Log On As

Account: NT AUTHORITY\LocalService

Dependencies

What service Smart Card needs to function properly:

What other service require Smart Card to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Manages access to smart cards read by this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will be unable to read smart cards. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

Supports the use of a Smart Card for local or network computer authentication. If you do not have a “Smart Card,” or you do not know what a Smart Card is, you do not need this service running. Save the 2.2 MB to 2.4 MB of RAM this service uses.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home ? ? Manual Manual
XP MCE 2005 ? ? Manual Manual
XP Pro ? ? Manual Manual
XP Tablet PC 2005 ? ? Manual Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): SCardSvr
Display Name: Smart Card

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\SCardSvr.exe

Log On As

Account: NT AUTHORITY\LocalService

Dependencies

What service Smart Card needs to function properly:

What other service require Smart Card to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

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