WebClient

 

Windows 8

Default Description

Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not be available. 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 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 x64 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Manual (Trigger Start)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WebClient
Display Name: WebClient

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

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

Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

I have not found a reason to have this service running. For security reasons, I recommend for this service to be disabled. If some MS products, such as MSN Explorer, Media Player, NetMeeting or Messenger fail to provide a particular function, try to enable this service to see if it is “required” for your configuration. Developers using WebDAV may also need this for connectivity. This service may also be responsible for clicking on hyperlinks embedded within applications, such as in email clients to open up a new window.

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): WebClient
Display Name: WebClient

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

What service WebClient needs to function properly:

  • WebDav Client Redirector Driver (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
    • Redirected Buffering Sub Sysytem (S, HB, HP, P, U, E) (not a typo)
      • Mup (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

What other service require WebClient to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

I have not found a reason to have this service running. For security reasons, I recommend for this service to be disabled. If some MS products, such as MSN Explorer, Media Player, NetMeeting or Messenger fail to provide a particular function, try to enable this service to see if it is “required” for your configuration. Developers using WebDAV may also need this for connectivity. This service may also be responsible for clicking on hyperlinks embedded within applications, such as in email clients to open up a new window.

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): WebClient
Display Name: WebClient

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service WebClient needs to function properly:

  • WebDav Client Redirector Driver (HB, HP, B, U)
    • Redirected Buffering Sub System (HB, HP, B, U)
      • Mup (HB, HP, B, U)

What other service require WebClient to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

I have not found a reason to have this service running. I have a hunch that this is going to be required for Microsoft’s “.Net Software as a service.” For security reasons, I recommend for this service to be disabled. If some MS products, such as MSN Explorer, Media Player, NetMeeting or Messenger fail to provide a particular function, try to enable this service to see if it is “required” for your configuration. Developers using WebDAV may also need this for remote connectivity.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WebClient
Display Name: WebClient

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: NT AUTHORITY\LocalService

Dependencies

What service WebClient needs to function properly:

  • WebDav Client Redirector

What other service require WebClient to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

I have not found a reason to have this service running. I have a hunch that this is going to be required for Microsoft’s “.Net Software as a service.” For security reasons, I recommend for this service to be disabled. If some MS products, such as MSN Explorer, Media Player, NetMeeting or Messenger fail to provide a particular function, try to enable this service to see if it is “required” for your configuration. Developers using WebDAV may also need this for remote connectivity.

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): WebClient
Display Name: WebClient

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: NT AUTHORITY\LocalService

Dependencies

What service WebClient needs to function properly:

  • WebDav Client Redirector (H, M, P, T)

What other service require WebClient to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.