Windows Vista Services

UPnP Device Host - Windows Vista Service

Allows UPnP devices to be hosted on your computer. If this service is stopped, any hosted UPnP devices will stop functioning and no additional hosted devices can be added. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7, 8 and XP.

Startup Type

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
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Default Properties

Display name:UPnP Device Host
Service name:upnphost
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

UPnP Device Host logs on as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService and runs in a shared process of svchost.exe. If UPnP Device Host fails to start, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows Vista startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the upnphost service has failed to start. At least one service depends on UPnP Device Host. Therefore I do not recommend you to disable it.


UPnP Device Host won't start, if the following system components are stopped or disabled:

If UPnP Device Host is stopped, the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type for UPnP Device Host

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows Vista edition and Service Pack, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreUPnPDeviceHostWindowsVista.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 upnphost.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows Vista installation media.