The Windows Connect Now–Config Registrar (WCNCSVC) service acts as a registrar for the Windows Connect Now service, and it issues network credentials to the enrollee in the service. The Windows Connect Now technology enables a streamlined configuration of secured wireless networks and easier provisioning of wireless hardware. It also supports configuration of devices on out-of-band Ethernet and in-band wireless networks. WCNCSVC hosts the Windows Connect Now Configuration, which is the implementation of Wi-Fi Protected Setup protocol that is provided by Microsoft. This is used to configure wireless LAN settings for an access point or a Wi-Fi device. The service is started programmatically as needed.
Windows Connect Now–NET in Windows 7 communicates with access points and wireless stations by using UPnP architecture, authenticates with them by using a personal identification number (PIN), and provides wireless settings that are based on user selection.
This service is installed by default and its startup type is Manual.
When Windows Connect Now–Config Registrar service is started in its default configuration, it logs on by using the Local Service account.
The Windows Connect Now–Config Registrar service is dependent upon the following system components:
- Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
- DCOM Server Process Launcher
- RPC Endpoint Mapper