An explanation of the Cryptographic Services (CryptSvc) service in Windows 7.
What does the Cryptographic Services (CryptSvc) service do?
The cryptographic service confirms signatures of Windows files.
Cryptographic Services (CryptSvc) service details
- Service name: CryptSvc
- Description: Provides four management services: Catalog Database Service, which confirms the signatures of Windows files and allows new programs to be installed; Protected Root Service, which adds and removes Trusted Root Certification Authority certificates from this computer; Automatic Root Certificate Update Service, which retrieves root certificates from Windows Update and enable scenarios such as SSL; 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.
- Path to executable:
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
- Startup type: Automatic
Does my computer need the Cryptographic Services (CryptSvc) service?
Your computer doesn’t need the CryptSvc service to run, but drivers might not install and Windows Update won’t work.
Should I disable the Cryptographic Services (CryptSvc) service?
First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the cryptographic service running. If you don’t, Windows Update and lots of other features will stop working.
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