HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) Service Defaults in Windows 8

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 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the HomeGroup Listener service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If HomeGroup Listener fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the HomeGroupListener service hasn't been started.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for HomeGroup Listener

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config HomeGroupListener start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The HomeGroupListener service is using the ListSvc.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.