Windows XP Services

Network Location Awareness (NLA) - Windows XP Service

Collects and stores network configuration and location information, and notifies applications when this information changes.

This service exists in Windows XP only.

Startup Type

Windows XP edition without SP SP1 SP2 SP3
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Default Properties

Display name:Network Location Awareness (NLA)
Service name:Nla
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The Network Location Awareness (NLA) service runs as LocalSystem in a shared process. It shares an executable file with other services. If the Network Location Awareness (NLA) fails to load or initialize, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box is displayed informing you that the Nla service has failed to start.


Network Location Awareness (NLA) will not start, if the following services are stopped or disabled:

If the Network Location Awareness (NLA) is stopped, the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type for Network Location Awareness (NLA)

Automated Restore

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

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

3. Run the downloaded batch file.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the mswsock.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows XP installation media.