What is the HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) service?

An explanation of the HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) service in Windows 7.

What does the HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) service do?

The HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) service is responsible for watching for configuration changes that are made to the computer and applying them to HomeGroup.

HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) service details

  • Service name: HomeGroupListener
  • Description: Makes local computer changes associated with configuration and maintenance of the homegroup-joined computer. If this service is stopped or disabled, your computer will not work properly in a homegroup and your homegroup might not work properly. It is recommended that you keep this service running.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the HomeGroupListener service to run, but if you disable it you won’t be able to use the HomeGroup feature.

Should I disable the HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) 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 HomeGroupListener service alone unless you are absolutely sure you’ll never use HomeGroups.

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