What is the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRPsvc) service?

An explanation of the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRPsvc) service in Windows 7.

What does the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRPsvc) service do?

The Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRPsvc) service enables serverless peer-to-peer and collaborative programs to communicate with each other across a network. HomeGroups and Remote Assistance are programs that use the PNRPsvc.

Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRPsvc) service details

  • Service name: PNRPsvc
  • Description: Enables serverless peer name resolution over the Internet using the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP). If disabled, some peer-to-peer and collaborative applications, such as Remote Assistance, may not function.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRPsvc) service?

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

Should I disable the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRPsvc) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; If you’re not using HomeGroups or Remote Assistance it’s safe to disable the PNRPsvc.

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