Windows XP Cryptographic Services

 

 

Cryptographic Services

 

Article by Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience)

 


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Below is a description of this Windows XP service:

Cryptographic Services

# Service Name:

CryptSvc

# Service Description:

Provides three management services: Catalog Database Service, which confirms the signatures of Windows files; Protected Root Service, which adds and removes Trusted Root Certification Authority certificates from this computer; and Key Service, which helps enroll this computer for certificates. If this service is stopped, these management services will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

# Default Settings:

Default setting in Windows XP Professional: Automatic
Default setting in Windows XP Home: Automatic


# This Windows service logs on as:

Local System

# The default path for this Windows service is:

%systemroot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

# This Windows service depends on the following system components:

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

# The following services have a dependency on this service:

None.

Marc Says:

The Cryptographic Service is basically there to confirm the signatures of Windows files and is also required for Windows Update. It is an essential security feature and should be left alone!

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