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Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

 

General Information

None at this time.

Windows 8

Default Description

Shares Windows Media Player libraries to other networked players and media devices using Universal Plug and Play.

Additional Information

This service is not installed by default and should be installed on a “home” system if the functionality provided is what is desired (stream music and videos on different devices around the home. You can add or remove this service by heading to:

  1. Head to Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Select Programs
  4. Select Programs and Features
  5. Select Turn Windows Features on or off

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Manual
Windows 8 x64 Manual
Windows 8 Pro x86 Manual
Windows 8 Pro x64 Manual
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Manual
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WMPNetworkSvc
Display Name: Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe

Log On As

Account: Network Service

Dependencies

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

Windows 7

Default Description

Shares Windows Media Player libraries to other networked players and media devices using Universal Plug and Play.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

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

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WMPNetworkSvc
Display Name: Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

“C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe”

Log On As

Account: Network Service

Dependencies

What service Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service needs to function properly:

  • HTTP (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

What other service require Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Shares Windows Media Player libraries to other networked players and media devices using Universal Plug and Play.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Manual Manual Manual
Vista Home Premium Manual Manual Manual
Vista Business Manual Manual Manual
Vista Ultimate Manual Manual Manual
Vista Enterprise Manual Manual Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WMPNetworkSvc
Display Name: Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

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