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Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

 

General Information

None at this time.

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Provides network address translation, addressing, name resolution and/or intrusion prevention services for a home or small office network.

Additional Information

This service was named Internet Connection Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing with Service Pack 1a. It is used to allow multiple computers on your network to access the internet via only one account. This service installs on the “modem” computer. It also provides a software firewall for the system. If you are using a third party firewall, hardware gateway/router or Internet Connection Sharing software package, this service is not required. However, if you are only using a modem and not a hardware firewall/router/gateway, I strongly recommend to keep this service in Automatic.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): SharedAccess
Display Name: Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Provides network address translation, addressing, name resolution and/or intrusion prevention services for a home or small office network.

Additional Information

This service was named Internet Connection Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing with Service Pack 1a. It is used to allow multiple computers on your network to access the internet via only one account. This service installs on the “modem” computer. It also provides a software firewall for the system. If you are using a third party firewall, hardware gateway/router or Internet Connection Sharing software package, this service is not required. However, if you are only using a modem and not a hardware firewall/router/gateway, I strongly recommend to keep this service in Automatic.

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): SharedAccess
Display Name: Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

Default Path and Command Line Options

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

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

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