What is the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) (SharedAccess) service?

An explanation of the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) (SharedAccess) service in Windows 7.

What does the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) (SharedAccess) service do?

The Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) (SharedAccess) service basically turns your computer into a router and shares your Internet connection with other computers on a network.

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) (SharedAccess) service details

  • Service name: SharedAccess
  • Description: Provides network address translation, addressing, name resolution and/or intrusion prevention services for a home or small office network.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
  • Startup type: Disabled

Does my computer need the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) (SharedAccess) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the SharedAccess service to run.

Should I disable the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) (SharedAccess) 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 SharedAccess service alone. It’s disabled by default, so it it’s running your computer is set up to share your Internet connection and other computers might lose Internet if ICS is disabled.

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