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Network Location Awareness (NLA)

 

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Collects and stores network configuration and location information, and notifies applications when this information changes.

Additional Information

Before the installation of Service Pack 2, this service was required for use with the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service (server only). After the installation of Service Pack 2, it no longer is required. However, it has been reported to me that Real Player may require this service, otherwise it will stall. It has also been reported to me that Windows Live OneCare firewall requires this service. If you have a wired or wireless network card installed, this service needs to be in Manual mode (and started) for the wireless card to properly obtain a dynamic IP address and update the icon in the system tray.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Nla
Display Name: Network Location Awareness (NLA)

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Network Location Awareness (NLA) needs to function properly:

  • AFD
  • TCP/IP Protocol Driver
    • IPSEC driver

What other service require Network Location Awareness (NLA) to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Collects and stores network configuration and location information, and notifies applications when this information changes.

Additional Information

Before the installation of Service Pack 2 or 3, this service was required for use with the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service (server only). After the installation of Service Pack 2 or 3, it no longer is required. However, it has been reported to me that Real Player may require this service, otherwise it will stall. It has also been reported to me that Windows Live OneCare firewall requires this service. If you have a wired or wireless network card installed, this service needs to be in Manual mode (and started) for the wireless card to properly obtain a dynamic IP address and update the icon in the system tray.

Default Startup Type

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

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Nla
Display Name: Network Location Awareness (NLA)

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Network Location Awareness (NLA) needs to function properly:

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

What other service require Network Location Awareness (NLA) to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.