What is the Netlogon service?

An explanation of the Netlogon service in Windows 7.

What does the Netlogon service do?

The Netlogon service is used by a computer that is connected to a domain to securely log on the domain.

Netlogon service details

  • Service name: Netlogon
  • Description: Maintains a secure channel between this computer and the domain controller for authenticating users and services. If this service is stopped, the computer may not authenticate users and services and the domain controller cannot register DNS records. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\lsass.exe
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Netlogon service?

Your computer doesn’t need the Netlogon service to run.

Should I disable the Netlogon 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 Netlogon service alone, especially if the computer is used in a corporate environment.

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