What is the Application Identity (AppIDSvc) service?

An explanation of the Application Identity (AppIDSvc) service in Windows 7.

What does the Application Identity (AppIDSvc) service do?

The application identity service is what AppLocker uses to identify a program and allow or deny it from running.

AppLocker is a feature in Windows 7 Pro that administrators use to control what programs are allowed to run.

Application Identity (AppIDSvc) service details

  • Service name: AppIDSvc
  • Description: Determines and verifies the identity of an application. Disabling this service will prevent AppLocker from being enforced.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Application Identity (AppIDSvc) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the Application Identity service. Don’t forget that if you disable this service AppLocker will not work.

Should I disable the Application Identity (AppIDSvc) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; if you never intend to use AppLocker to control what programs can run, disabling this service won’t hurt anything.

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