Peer Networking Identity Manager (p2pimsvc) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Provides identity services for the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) and Peer-to-Peer Grouping services. If disabled, the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) and Peer-to-Peer Grouping services may not function, and some applications, such as HomeGroup and Remote Assistance, may not function correctly.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Peer Networking Identity Manager
Service name:p2pimsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\pnrpsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\p2pimsvc
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Peer Networking Identity Manager is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Peer Networking Identity Manager service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Peer Networking Identity Manager fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the p2pimsvc service has failed to start due to the error.

Dependencies

While Peer Networking Identity Manager is stopped, disabled or working incorrectly, the following services do not start:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Peer Networking Identity Manager

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config p2pimsvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The p2pimsvc service is using the pnrpsvc.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.