What is the Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) service?

An explanation of the Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) service in Windows 7.

What does the Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) service do?

The Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) service looks for and remembers networks that you have connected to in the past and re-connects to them when they are available.

Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) service details

  • Service name: NlaSvc
  • Description: Collects and stores configuration information for the network and notifies programs when this information is modified. If this service is stopped, configuration information might be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the NlaSvc service to run, but networking connectivity will not work if it’s disabled.

Should I disable the Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) 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 NlaSvc service alone.

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