What is the IP Helper (iphlpsvc) service?

An explanation of the IP Helper (iphlpsvc) service in Windows 7.

What does the IP Helper (iphlpsvc) service do?

The IP Helper (iphlpsvc) service provides some enhanced connectivity functionality to your PC. HomeGroups and IPv6 transition technologies rely on iphlpsvc.

IP Helper (iphlpsvc) service details

  • Service name: iphlpsvc
  • Description: Provides tunnel connectivity using IPv6 transition technologies (6to4, ISATAP, Port Proxy, and Teredo), and IP-HTTPS. If this service is stopped, the computer will not have the enhanced connectivity benefits that these technologies offer.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k NetSvcs
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the IP Helper (iphlpsvc) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the iphlpsvc service to run, but some advanced networking functionality (HomeGroups) might not work.

Should I disable the IP Helper (iphlpsvc) 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 iphlpsvc service alone.

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