What is the Plug and Play (PlugPlay) service?

An explanation of the Plug and Play (PlugPlay) service in Windows 7.

What does the Plug and Play (PlugPlay) service do?

The Plug and Play (PlugPlay) service gives your computer the ability to recognize new hardware and automatically install and configure drivers it needs to use the device.

Plug and Play (PlugPlay) service details

  • Service name: PlugPlay
  • Description: Enables a computer to recognize and adapt to hardware changes with little or no user input. Stopping or disabling this service will result in system instability.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the Plug and Play (PlugPlay) service?

Your computer does need the PlugPlay service to run. If Plug and Play is disabled, it would be a nightmare to configure any device and make it work.

Should I disable the Plug and Play (PlugPlay) 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 PlugPlay service alone.

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