Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service (WMPNetworkSvc) Defaults in Windows 8

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

The Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is a Win32 program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is started, it runs as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in its own process of wmpnetwk.exe. If Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service 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 WMPNetworkSvc service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

1. Select your Windows 8 edition and update pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win8_WMPNetworkSvc_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. 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 corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.