What is the DHCP Client (Dhcp) service?

An explanation of the DHCP Client (Dhcp) service in Windows 7.

What does the DHCP Client (Dhcp) service do?

The DHCP Client service is responsible for getting a dynamically assigned IP address from the network’s router so that the computer can have network and Internet access.

DHCP Client (Dhcp) service details

  • Service name: Dhcp
  • Description: Registers and updates IP addresses and DNS records for this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will not receive dynamic IP addresses and DNS updates. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the DHCP Client (Dhcp) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the DHCP service, but if your computer isn’t assigned a static IP address you won’t have network or Internet access.

Should I disable the DHCP Client (Dhcp) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the DHCP service running. You won’t gain any performance turning it off.

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