What is the BranchCache (PeerDistSvc) service?

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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