Saturday, January 8, 2011

Windows XP Services - Cryptographic Services Service

Cryptographic Services Service



Cryptographic Services Provides three management services: Catalog Database Service, which confirms the signatures of Windows files; Protected Root Service, which adds and removes Trusted Root Certification Authority certificates from this computer; 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.

Importance of Cryptographic Services Service
  • It confirms signatures of Windows files. You may always get a dialog box complaining about uncertified drivers if this is disabled. This service is required for Windows Update to function in manual and automatic mode. Windows Media Player and future .NET and Live applications may also require this service for some "features" to function.
  • Provides the annoying boxes that pop up telling you a driver you are about to install isn't digitally signed. If you disable this service you'll be flooded with uncertified driver notifications.

Status:

Default Status: Automatic
Recommended: Manual

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