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HomeGroup Listener - Windows 8 Service

Makes local computer changes associated with configuration and maintenance of the homegroup-joined computer. If this service is stopped or disabled, your computer will not work properly in a homegroup and your homegroup might not work properly. It is recommended that you keep this service running.

This service also exists in Windows 10 and 7.

Startup Type

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

Display name:HomeGroup Listener
Service name:HomeGroupListener
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
File:%WinDir%\system32\ListSvc.dll
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege

Default Behavior

The HomeGroup Listener service runs as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services might run in the same process. If HomeGroup Listener fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the HomeGroupListener service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Type for HomeGroup Listener

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreHomeGroupListenerWindows8.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 ListSvc.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.