Windows 10 Services

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service - Windows 10 Service

Shares Windows Media Player libraries to other networked players and media devices using Universal Plug and Play.

This service also exists in Windows 7, 8 and Vista.

Startup Type

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Default Properties

Display name:Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
Service name:WMPNetworkSvc
Path:%ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

The Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is running as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in its own process of wmpnetwk.exe. It doesn't share its process with other services. If Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 10 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the WMPNetworkSvc service has failed to start.


Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is unable to start, if at least one of the following services is stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type for Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 10 edition and release, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreWindowsMediaPlayerNetworkSharingServiceWindows10.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the wmpnetwk.exe file exists in the %ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 10 installation media.