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Portable Media Serial Number Service

 

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Retrieves the serial number of any portable media player connected to this computer. If this service is stopped, protected content might not be down loaded to the device.

Additional Information

I have not really found a good reason to keep this service always running. I am not aware of anything that actually requires it. Disable it unless something of yours ceases to function properly, such as Windows Media Player, Microsoft’s integration with “Digital Rights Management” and copy protection. After the installation of Service Pack 2, this service is set from Automatic to Manual by default.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 Automatic Automatic Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WmdmPmSN
Display Name: Portable Media Serial Number Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Portable Media Serial Number Service needs to function properly:

  • None

What other service require Portable Media Serial Number Service to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Retrieves the serial number of any portable media player connected to this computer. If this service is stopped, protected content might not be down loaded to the device.

Additional Information

I have not really found a good reason to keep this service always running. I am not aware of anything that actually requires it. Disable it unless something of yours ceases to function properly, such as Windows Media Player, Microsoft’s integration with “Digital Rights Management” and copy protection. After the installation of Service Pack 2 or 3, this service is set from Automatic to Manual by default.

Default Startup Type

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

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WmdmPmSN
Display Name: Portable Media Serial Number Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Portable Media Serial Number Service needs to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

What other service require Portable Media Serial Number Service to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.