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Function Discovery Provider Host - Windows 8 Service

The FDPHOST service hosts the Function Discovery (FD) network discovery providers. These FD providers supply network discovery services for the Simple Services Discovery Protocol (SSDP) and Web Services - Discovery (WS-D) protocol. Stopping or disabling the FDPHOST service will disable network discovery for these protocols when using FD. When this service is unavailable, network services using FD and relying on these discovery protocols will be unable to find network devices or resources.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7 and Vista.

Startup Type

Windows 8 edition Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1
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Default Properties

Display name:Function Discovery Provider Host
Service name:fdPHost
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
File:%WinDir%\system32\fdPHost.dll
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

The Function Discovery Provider Host service runs as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services might run in the same process. If Function Discovery Provider Host fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the fdPHost service has failed to start.

Dependencies

Function Discovery Provider Host won't start, if the following services are stopped or disabled:

If Function Discovery Provider Host is stopped, the HomeGroup Provider service fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type for Function Discovery Provider Host

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreFunctionDiscoveryProviderHostWindows8.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.

Note. Make sure that the fdPHost.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.