What is the PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator (IPBusEnum) service?

An explanation of the PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator (IPBusEnum) service in Windows 7.

What does the PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator (IPBusEnum) service do?

The PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator (IPBusEnum) service keeps an eye on your network for new devices and gives them a presense in Plug-and-Play. Media Center Extenders often use this service.

PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator (IPBusEnum) service details

  • Service name: IPBusEnum
  • Description: The PnP-X bus enumerator service manages the virtual network bus. It discovers network connected devices using the SSDP/WS discovery protocols and gives them presence in PnP. If this service is stopped or disabled, presence of NCD devices will not be maintained in PnP. All pnpx based scenarios will stop functioning.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator (IPBusEnum) service?

Your computer does need the PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator service to run.

Should I disable the PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator (IPBusEnum) 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 PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator service alone.

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