HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) Service Defaults in Windows 7

Makes local computer changes associated with configuration and maintenance of the homegroup-joined computer. If this service is stopped or disabled, your computer will not work properly in a homegroup and your homegroup might not work properly. It is recommended that you keep this service running.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:HomeGroup Listener
Service name:HomeGroupListener
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\ListSvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HomeGroupListener
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege

Default Behavior

HomeGroup Listener is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the HomeGroup Listener service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If HomeGroup Listener fails to start, Windows 7 attempts to write the failure details into Event Log. Then Windows 7 startup should proceed and the user should be notified that the HomeGroupListener service is not running because of the error.

Dependencies

HomeGroup Listener is unable to start, if the Server service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for HomeGroup Listener

1. Select your Windows 7 edition and service pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win7_HomeGroupListener_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The HomeGroupListener service is using the ListSvc.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 7 installation media.