What is the Program Compatibility Assistant Service (PcaSvc) service?

An explanation of the Program Compatibility Assistant Service (PcaSvc) service in Windows 7.

What does the Program Compatibility Assistant Service (PcaSvc) service do?

The Program Compatibility Assistant Service (PcaSvc) service monitors programs that are being installed for compatibility problems and helps fix any it finds.

Program Compatibility Assistant Service (PcaSvc) service details

  • Service name: PcaSvc
  • Description: This service provides support for the Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA). PCA monitors programs installed and run by the user and detects known compatibility problems. If this service is stopped, PCA will not function properly.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Program Compatibility Assistant Service (PcaSvc) service?

Your computer does need the Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support service to run.

Should I disable the Program Compatibility Assistant Service (PcaSvc) 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 Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support service alone.

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