An explanation of the BranchCache (PeerDistSvc) service in Windows 7.
What does the BranchCache (PeerDistSvc) service do?
The BranchCache service enables content from file and Web servers on a wide area network (WAN) to be cached on computers at a local branch office. BranchCache can improve application response time and reduce WAN traffic. This feature is only used in medium to large businesses.
BranchCache (PeerDistSvc) service details
- Service name: PeerDistSvc
- Description: This service caches network content from peers on the local subnet.
- Path to executable:
C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k PeerDist
- Startup type: Manual
Does my computer need the BranchCache (PeerDistSvc) service?
Nope. If you disable the BranchCache service the content from other branches of your business will not be cached.
Should I disable the BranchCache (PeerDistSvc) service?
First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; if your business doesn’t have multiple locations that are connected to each other, or just don’t need the caching ability of BranchCache, it is OK to disable this service.
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