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WebClient service
Description Services Regedit Back CMD Msconfig
Service name: WebClient
Display name: WebClient

Description:
Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is
stopped, these functions will not be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend
on it will fail to start.

Path to executable:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService  
Type services.msc and press Enter
Services.msc:
This method shows you how to WebClient service from Services.msc
Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and choose Run ...
Locate WebClient service observe his current status and open to make changes.
From General tab you can Start/Stop and change the Startup type of WebClient service.

To finish press ok button and close Services window
Type regedit and press Enter
Regedit:          
This method shows you how to change Startup type of WebClient service from Registry Editor.
Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and choose Run ...
Double click on Start and edit the value:

Change Startup type :

Automatic - 2
Manual - 3
Disabled - 4
Automatic (Delayed Start) - 2

Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.
When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.
Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window
, select Paste and press Enter

To Start WebClient service:

net start WebClient

Note: You can’t start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.

To Stop WebClient service:

net stop WebClient

To change Startup type:

Automatic:
REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

Manual:
REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

Disabled:
REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

Automatic (Delayed Start):
REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.
REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.
REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WebClient" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
CMD:          
This method shows you how to Start/Stop and change Startup type of WebClient service from
Command Prompt.
Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and choose Run ...
Msconfig:          
This method shows you how to prevent WebClient service from starting with the operating system using
System Configuration (msconfig.exe)
Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and choose Run ...
Write msconfig and press Enter
In System Configuration please go to Services tab and locate WebClient service.
Uncheck the box to prevent this service to start and then press OK to finish.  
Any change make in System Configuration will be apply after restart.  
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Microsoft official disclaimer

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by
using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft
cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

Please navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient and
locate
Start registry key
Type cmd and press ok