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Software Protection

 

General Information

None at this time.

Windows 8

Default Description

Enables the download, installation and enforcement of digital licenses for Windows and Windows applications. If the service is disabled, the operating system and licensed applications may run in a notification mode. It is strongly recommended that you not disable the Software Protection service.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

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

Service Names

Service Name (registry): sppsvc
Display Name: Software Protection

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.exe

Log On As

Account: Network Service

Dependencies

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

Windows 7

Default Description

Enables the download, installation and enforcement of digital licenses for Windows and Windows applications. If the service is disabled, the operating system and licensed applications may run in a notification mode. It is strongly recommended that you not disable the Software Protection service.

Additional Information

This service is started upon system boot, but shortly after, it stops if not used.

Default Startup Type

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

Service Names

Service Name (registry): sppsvc
Display Name: Software Protection

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.exe

Log On As

Account: Network Service

Dependencies

What service Software Protection needs to function properly:

What other service require Software Protection to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Additional Reading

None at this time.