DHCP Client

 

General Information

This service automatically receives a Dynamic IP address from your DHCP server and DNS updates. Required for ICS / internet client and if you run IPSEC or an IP VPN, disable on a standalone system or one that has a static IP address. Take note: Most DSL/cable ISP’s use DHCP to provide internet access. If you disable this service and your Internet connection no longer works, place this back into automatic. Most DSL and cable hardware routers have the option of enabling a DHCP server for the internal network. Ensure that the router is configured the same as your local PC’s.

Windows 8

Default Description

Registers and updates IP addresses and DNS records for this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will not receive dynamic IP addresses and DNS updates. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Dhcp
Display Name: DHCP Client

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

Registers and updates IP addresses and DNS records for this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will not receive dynamic IP addresses and DNS updates. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Professional Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Dhcp
Display Name: DHCP Client

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

What service DHCP Client needs to function properly:

  • Ancilary Function Driver for Winsock (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
  • NetIO Legacy TDI Support Driver (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
    • TCP/IP Protocol Driver (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
  • Network Store Interface Service (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
    • NSI proxy service driver (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

What other service require DHCP Client to function properly:

Windows Vista

Default Description

Registers and updates IP addresses and DNS records for this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will not receive dynamic IP addresses and DNS updates. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

The following list of services use about 14MB while hiding under the same svchost.exe process:

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Dhcp
Display Name: DHCP Client

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

What service DHCP Client needs to function properly:

  • Ancilliary Function Driver for Winsock (HB, HP, B, U)
  • NetIO Legacy TDI Support Driver (HB, HP, B, U)
    • TCP/IP Protocol Driver (HB, HP, B, U)
  • Network Store Interface Service(HB, HP, B, U)
    • NSI proxy service (HB, HP, B, U)

What other service require DHCP Client to function properly:

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Manages network configuration by registering and updating IP addresses and DNS names.

Additional Information

This service automatically receives a Dynamic IP address from your DHCP server and DNS updates. Required for ICS / internet client and if you run IPSEC Services, disable on a standalone system or one that has a static IP address. Take note: Most DSL/cable ISP’s use DHCP to provide internet access. If you disable this service and your Internet connection no longer works, place this back into automatic. Most DSL and cable hardware routers have the option of enabling a DHCP server for the internal network. Ensure that the router is configured the same as your local PC’s.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Dhcp
Display Name: DHCP Client

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service DHCP Client needs to function properly:

  • AFD
  • NetBIOS over TCP/IP
    • TCP/IP Protocol Driver
      • IPSEC driver
  • TCP/IP Protocol Driver
    • IPSEC driver

What other service require DHCP Client to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Manages network configuration by registering and updating IP addresses and DNS names.

Additional Information

This service automatically receives a Dynamic IP address from your DHCP server and DNS updates. Required for ICS / internet client and if you run IPSEC, disable on a standalone system or one that has a static IP address. Take note: Most DSL/cable ISP’s use DHCP to provide internet access. If you disable this service and your Internet connection no longer works, place this back into automatic. Most DSL and cable hardware routers have the option of enabling a DHCP server for the internal network. Ensure that the router is configured the same as your local PC’s.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Pro Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Dhcp
Display Name: DHCP Client

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service DHCP Client needs to function properly:

  • AFD (H, M, P, T)
  • NetBIOS over TCP/IP (H, M, P, T)
    • TCP/IP Protocol Driver (H, M, P, T)
      • IPSEC driver (H, M, P, T)
  • TCP/IP Protocol Driver (H, M, P, T)
    • IPSEC driver (H, M, P, T)

What other service require DHCP Client to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

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