What is the Function Discovery Provider Host (fdPHost) service?

An explanation of the Function Discovery Provider Host (fdPHost) service in Windows 7.

What does the Function Discovery Provider Host (fdPHost) service do?

The Function Discovery Provider Host (fdPHost) service is responsible for discovering computers or devices on your local network.

Function Discovery Provider Host (fdPHost) service details

  • Service name: fdPHost
  • Description: The FDPHOST service hosts the Function Discovery (FD) network discovery providers. These FD providers supply network discovery services for the Simple Services Discovery Protocol (SSDP) and Web Services – Discovery (WS-D) protocol. Stopping or disabling the FDPHOST service will disable network discovery for these protocols when using FD. When this service is unavailable, network services using FD and relying on these discovery protocols will be unable to find network devices or resources.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Function Discovery Provider Host (fdPHost) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the fdPHost service to run, but if you disable this service some networking functionality will stop working.

Should I disable the Function Discovery Provider Host (fdPHost) 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 fdPHost service alone.

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