What is the Diagnostic Policy Service (DPS) service?

An explanation of the Diagnostic Policy Service (DPS) service in Windows 7.

What does the Diagnostic Policy Service (DPS) service do?

The diagnostic policy service is responsible for spotting problems with your computer. The DPS service can fix problems it finds most of the time.

Diagnostic Policy Service (DPS) service details

  • Service name: DPS
  • Description: The Diagnostic Policy Service enables problem detection, troubleshooting and resolution for Windows components. If this service is stopped, diagnostics will no longer function.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the Diagnostic Policy Service (DPS) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the DPS service, but if your computer has a problem you’ll have to troubleshoot and fix it yourself.

Should I disable the Diagnostic Policy Service (DPS) 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 DPS service running. You won’t gain any performance turning it off and it’ll fix a lot of annoying problems for you.

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