What is the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience (QWAVE) service?

An explanation of the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience (QWAVE) service in Windows 7.

What does the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience (QWAVE) service do?

The Quality Windows Audio Video Experience (QWAVE) service enables high performance video streaming across a local (home) network.

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Quality Windows Audio Video Experience (QWAVE) service details

  • Service name: QWAVE
  • Description: Quality Windows Audio Video Experience (qWave) is a networking platform for Audio Video (AV) streaming applications on IP home networks. qWave enhances AV streaming performance and reliability by ensuring network quality-of-service (QoS) for AV applications. It provides mechanisms for admission control, run time monitoring and enforcement, application feedback, and traffic prioritization.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience (QWAVE) service?

Your computer does need the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience service to run.

Should I disable the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience (QWAVE) 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 Quality Windows Audio Video Experience service alone. It only kicks in when you are streaming video across your network.

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