What is the Peer Networking Grouping (p2psvc) service?

An explanation of the Peer Networking Grouping (p2psvc) service in Windows 7.

What does the Peer Networking Grouping (p2psvc) service do?

The Peer Networking Grouping (p2psvc) service enables serverless peer-to-peer programs to communicate with each other across a network. HomeGroups use the p2psvc service.

Peer Networking Grouping (p2psvc) service details

  • Service name: p2psvc
  • Description: Enables multi-party communication using Peer-to-Peer Grouping. If disabled, some applications, such as HomeGroup, may not function.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Peer Networking Grouping (p2psvc) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the p2psvc service to run.

Should I disable the Peer Networking Grouping (p2psvc) 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 it’s safe to disable the p2psvc.

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