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IP Helper

 

General Information

Very few ISP’s offer a native IPv6 network to home users and no reason exists to have both IPv6 and the tried and true IPv4 on a home network.

Windows 8

Default Description

Provides tunnel connectivity using IPv6 transition technologies (6to4, ISATAP, Port Proxy, and Teredo), and IP-HTTPS. If this service is stopped, the computer will not have the enhanced connectivity benefits that these technologies offer.

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): iphlpsvc
Display Name: IP Helper

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k NetSvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

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

Windows 7

Default Description

Provides tunnel connectivity using IPv6 transition technologies (6to4, ISATAP, Port Proxy, and Teredo), and IP-HTTPS. If this service is stopped, the computer will not have the enhanced connectivity benefits that these technologies offer.

Additional Information

If you desire to use Windows 7’s “HomeGroup” functionality, you need to have IP Helper service in Automatic.

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): iphlpsvc
Display Name: IP Helper

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k NetSvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service IP Helper needs to function properly:

What other service require IP Helper to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Provides automatic IPv6 connectivity over an IPv4 network. If this service is stopped, the machine will only have IPv6 connectivity if it is connected to a native IPv6 network.

Additional Information

Very few ISP’s offer a native IPv6 network to home users and no reason exists to have both IPv6 and the tried and true IPv4 on a home network.

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): iphlpsvc
Display Name: IP Helper

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k NetSvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service IP Helper needs to function properly:

What other service require IP Helper to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

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