HomeGroup Provider (HomeGroupProvider) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Performs networking tasks associated with configuration and maintenance of homegroups. If this service is stopped or disabled, your computer will be unable to detect other homegroups and your homegroup might not work properly. It is recommended that you keep this service running.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:HomeGroup Provider
Service name:HomeGroupProvider
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\provsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HomeGroupProvider
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

HomeGroup Provider is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the HomeGroup Provider service is started, it runs as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If HomeGroup Provider 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 HomeGroupProvider service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

HomeGroup Provider can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for HomeGroup Provider

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which HomeGroup Provider 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 HomeGroupProvider start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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