What is the Protected Storage (ProtectedStorage) service?

An explanation of the Protected Storage (ProtectedStorage) service in Windows 7.

What does the Protected Storage (ProtectedStorage) service do?

The Protected Storage (ProtectedStorage) service securely stores sensitive data like passwords on your computer. This service is responsible for saving passwords for websites and software like Outlook.

Protected Storage (ProtectedStorage) service details

  • Service name: ProtectedStorage
  • Description: Provides protected storage for sensitive data, such as passwords, to prevent access by unauthorized services, processes, or users.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\lsass.exe
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Protected Storage (ProtectedStorage) service?

Your computer does need the Protected Storage service to run.

Should I disable the Protected Storage (ProtectedStorage) 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 Protected Storage service alone. If you disable this service you won’t be able to store passwords on your computer.

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  1. dan says:

    First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. < yes because they have prove to not add useless crap in the past 15+ years

    • John says:

      Yeah, just like their Indexing service that’s fantastic for grinding down your hard drive, SSD or external hard drive. Disabling a lot of MS crap can literally half your boot time, improve performance and provide no less security than having them enabled, but as always, do the research. But I reckon it’s worth it.. you will be amazed at just how much faster your computer is.

  2. Infidelicious Booty says:

    It’s actually also considered a security hazard because encrypted or not, it stores sensitive info like passwords etc. on the hdd. If it is disabled it stores nothing so that would be a interesting option e.g. for those who use don’t care about this feature other use other software for passwords.

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