Windows Vista Services

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service - Windows Vista Service

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

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

Startup Type

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
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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

Default Behavior

The Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService and runs in its own process of wmpnetwk.exe. It does not share its process with other services. If Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service 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 WMPNetworkSvc service has failed to start.


The Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service won't start, if the following system components are stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type of Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreWindowsMediaPlayerNetworkSharingServiceWindowsVista.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 Vista installation media.

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