Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service (WMPNetworkSvc) Defaults in Windows 10

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

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
Service name:WMPNetworkSvc
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WMPNetworkSvc
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in its own process of wmpnetwk.exe. If Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the WMPNetworkSvc service has failed to start due to the error.

Dependencies

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service cannot be started under any conditions, if the following services are disabled, deleted or working improperly:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config WMPNetworkSvc start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The WMPNetworkSvc service is using the wmpnetwk.exe file that is located in the %ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.