What is the PNRP Machine Name Publication (PNRPAutoReg) service?

An explanation of the PNRP Machine Name Publication (PNRPAutoReg) service in Windows 7.

What does the PNRP Machine Name Publication (PNRPAutoReg) service do?

The PNRP Machine Name Publication (PNRPAutoReg) service publishes the computer’s name using the Peer Name Resolution Protocol. Remote Assistance and HomeGroups use this service.

PNRP Machine Name Publication (PNRPAutoReg) service details

  • Service name: PNRPAutoReg
  • Description: This service publishes a machine name using the Peer Name Resolution Protocol. Configuration is managed via the netsh context ‘p2p pnrp peer’
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the PNRP Machine Name Publication (PNRPAutoReg) service?

Your computer does need the PNRP Machine Name Publication service to run.

Should I disable the PNRP Machine Name Publication (PNRPAutoReg) 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 PNRP Machine Name Publication service alone.

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