What is the HomeGroup Provider (HomeGroupProvider) service?

An explanation of the HomeGroup Provider (HomeGroupProvider) service in Windows 7.

What does the HomeGroup Provider (HomeGroupProvider) service do?

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

HomeGroup Provider (HomeGroupProvider) service details

  • Service name: HomeGroupProvider
  • Description: Performs networking tasks associated with configuration and maintenance of homegroups. If this service is stopped or disabled, your computer will be unable to detect other homegroups 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 LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the HomeGroup Provider (HomeGroupProvider) service?

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

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

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