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How to Start/Stop Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Service name: WMPNetworkSvc

Display name: Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service


Description:

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


Path to executable:

"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe"

CMD:
This method shows you how to Start/Stop Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service from Command Prompt

Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and click on the Search programs and files

Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator

Please confirm User Account Control pop-up

Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window, select Paste and press Enter


To Start Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service:

net start WMPNetworkSvc


Note: You can’t start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.


To Stop Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service:

net stop WMPNetworkSvc


To change Startup type:

Automatic:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WMPNetworkSvc" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

Manual:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WMPNetworkSvc" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

Disabled:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WMPNetworkSvc" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

Automatic (Delayed Start):

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WMPNetworkSvc" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f


Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WMPNetworkSvc" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f


When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WMPNetworkSvc" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

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