What is the Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) service?

An explanation of the Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) service in Windows 7.

What does the Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) service do?

The Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) service is responsible for making the computer and resources attached to it (ex. printers) discoverable and available on the local network. Homegroups relies on this service to function.

Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) service details

  • Service name: FDResPub
  • Description: Publishes this computer and resources attached to this computer so they can be discovered over the network. If this service is stopped, network resources will no longer be published and they will not be discovered by other computers on the network.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) service?

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

Should I disable the Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) 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 FDResPub service alone unless you are absolutely sure you’ll never use services like Homegroups.

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