What is the Peer Networking Identity Manager (p2pimsvc) service?

An explanation of the Peer Networking Identity Manager (p2pimsvc) service in Windows 7.

What does the Peer Networking Identity Manager (p2pimsvc) service do?

The Peer Networking Identity Manager (p2pimsvc) service enables serverless peer-to-peer programs to communicate with each other across a network. HomeGroups and Remote Desktop use the p2pimsvc service.

Peer Networking Identity Manager (p2pimsvc) service details

  • Service name: p2pimsvc
  • Description: Provides identity services for the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) and Peer-to-Peer Grouping services. If disabled, the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) and Peer-to-Peer Grouping services may not function, and some applications, such as HomeGroup and Remote Assistance, may not function correctly.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Peer Networking Identity Manager (p2pimsvc) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the p2pimsvc service to run.

Should I disable the Peer Networking Identity Manager (p2pimsvc) 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 Desktop it’s safe to disable the p2pimsvc.

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