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WMPNetworkSvc

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  • After installing Windows 7 Beta, I was inititally very impressed with its performance and features.

    However, after watching some DVDs and various video files using Windows Media Player, I noticed that my computer (AMD Turion 64x2, 2GB Ram) would slow to a crawl while WMP was open. More specifically, according to Task Manager, CPU usage shot up to 100% and wouldn't dip below 95% no matter what I did.

    After a bit of google research, I realized that the problem was WMPNetworkSvc a service that runs to share your media. After disabling the service permanently in the services.msc dialog, I know longer have the problem.


    Has anyone else experienced this?

    My suggestion to the Windows team would be to either figure out a way to slim down this service, or else have Windows ask the user if they want it to start. It's of no use to me, given that I have no other computers to share with or an XBox, so it was really just a drag on resources.
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 12:21 PM

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  • I have and 500gb external HD with all my media on it, WMPNetworkSvc seems to constantly be updating somthing with all my files, all I can hear is my HD crunching non-stop! All my media files are already up to date with online media data, ive no idea what its doing but its damn annoying. Stopping WMPNetworkSvc permanently in services has stopped this programme checking up my drive and my resourses. Ive not noticed any problems with media player since stopping it. Thats for naming the service CoShef.


    Thursday, June 11, 2009 7:44 PM
  • I have and 500gb external HD with all my media on it, WMPNetworkSvc seems to constantly be updating somthing with all my files, all I can hear is my HD crunching non-stop! All my media files are already up to date with online media data, ive no idea what its doing but its damn annoying. Stopping WMPNetworkSvc permanently in services has stopped this programme checking up my drive and my resourses. Ive not noticed any problems with media player since stopping it. Thats for naming the service CoShef.



    "THIS IS BILL GATES WAY I am affraid!". As soon as the wmp 11 icon from my 3 vista ulticrap edtion started to show up on my faultless PS/3 Xbar I started to shake nervously.  I was right about that. MS WMP 11 media streaming SUCKS and after wasting time identifying the causes of tHe many problems I encountered trying to use it I can knowingly confirm: "it sucks! YES IT DOES":

    ..Why is that that my PC slows down after I redirect my media folders to a different computer.. -->  offline craps kicks in and its mostly uncontrallable.
    Why is that I can't see the actual library content in WMP from my PS3? WHOKNOWS! I THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO RIGHT? YEAH I CAN SEE FOLDERS IN HE ps3 from my pc BUT NOT THE ONE containing MY MEDIA why? because:
    my music, video an pictures folders have been redirected and since do not show up amymore in media sharing--> permission for WMPNetworkSvc  account can not be added to network path yet. stupid as   I have all the
    so now that i wasted my time understanding the architecture an design of the MS WMP 11 streaming annoyance to get it working I know why it does not work. Does this make my day better? no.  do i care that much about it? not really, I am simply  happy because  my sony PS3 works well and it could easily do without any BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH what my Wndows PC'S have always struggled to do. my last BSOD ON A PC WAS 0X00DEADDEAD it said . i turned it off quickly and went upstair to lay down on my sofa and played with my 400$ PS3. the best computer I ever had.
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:42 AM
  • I have and 500gb external HD with all my media on it, WMPNetworkSvc seems to constantly be updating somthing with all my files, all I can hear is my HD crunching non-stop! All my media files are already up to date with online media data, ive no idea what its doing but its damn annoying. Stopping WMPNetworkSvc permanently in services has stopped this programme checking up my drive and my resourses. Ive not noticed any problems with media player since stopping it. Thats for naming the service CoShef.



    "THIS IS BILL GATES WAY I am affraid!". As soon as the wmp 11 icon from my 3 vista ulticrap edtion started to show up on my faultless PS/3 Xbar I started to shake nervously.  I was right about that. MS WMP 11 media streaming SUCKS and after wasting time identifying the causes of tHe many problems I encountered trying to use it I can knowingly confirm: "it sucks! YES IT DOES":

    ..Why is that that my PC slows down after I redirect my media folders to a different computer.. -->  offline craps kicks in and its mostly uncontrallable.
    Why is that I can't see the actual library content in WMP from my PS3? WHOKNOWS! I THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO RIGHT? YEAH I CAN SEE FOLDERS IN HE ps3 from my pc BUT NOT THE ONE containing MY MEDIA why? because:
    my music, video an pictures folders have been redirected and since do not show up amymore in media sharing--> permission for WMPNetworkSvc  account can not be added to network path yet. stupid as   I have all the
    so now that i wasted my time understanding the architecture an design of the MS WMP 11 streaming annoyance to get it working I know why it does not work. Does this make my day better? no.  do i care that much about it? not really, I am simply  happy because  my sony PS3 works well and it could easily do without any BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH what my Wndows PC'S have always struggled to do. my last BSOD ON A PC WAS 0X00DEADDEAD it said . i turned it off quickly and went upstair to lay down on my sofa and played with my 400$ PS3. the best computer I ever had.
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:42 AM
  • I have and 500gb external HD with all my media on it, WMPNetworkSvc seems to constantly be updating somthing with all my files, all I can hear is my HD crunching non-stop! All my media files are already up to date with online media data, ive no idea what its doing but its damn annoying. Stopping WMPNetworkSvc permanently in services has stopped this programme checking up my drive and my resourses. Ive not noticed any problems with media player since stopping it. Thats for naming the service CoShef.



    Thursday, September 24, 2009 12:14 PM
  • I have and 500gb external HD with all my media on it, WMPNetworkSvc seems to constantly be updating somthing with all my files, all I can hear is my HD crunching non-stop! All my media files are already up to date with online media data, ive no idea what its doing but its damn annoying. Stopping WMPNetworkSvc permanently in services has stopped this programme checking up my drive and my resourses. Ive not noticed any problems with media player since stopping it. Thats for naming the service CoShef.



    I Had the same problem after plugging in my PopcornHourA200. Setting de WMPNetwrokSvc to manual and stopping the service the problem was solved so far.
    WMPNetworkSvc has somethhin to do with UPnP on the network. Dutch "Hiermee worden media-bestanden met behulp van UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) op media-apparaten beschikbaar gemaakt". So this is still bugy.

    Oh yes for those searchin the service by name:
    Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
    Monday, February 08, 2010 10:34 PM
  • This is good if you've got Windows 7. Any remedy for Vista?
    Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:23 PM
  • or what about XP?
    Friday, August 26, 2011 8:16 PM
  • sorscha: this forum is aimed at Windows 7. XP-related media issues should be posted in the following forum:

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-sound


    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk
    Saturday, August 27, 2011 2:49 PM
  • I found this page because Im experiencing this same problem. It is so frustrating. I cant play my videos, if I click to play a video a box appears saying "Windows Media Player cannot access the file. The file might be in use, you might not have access to the computer where the file is stored, or your proxy settings might not be correct"! For 2 days now Ive been searching for answers from a direct Web Help link, to Google search etc..Ive looked into my proxy settings and played with the permissions and only to be going around in circles. I now have little padlock icons attached to my video files and my WMP does not perform according my mouse and scroll usage, it has slowed down dramatically and always stops/freezes, and have to wait several seconds for it to take action. This sucks.  I then noticed a WMPNetworkSvc in my permissions list. I dont know how it found its way into my permissions but I believe that this thing is the problem.  Thank goodness I found this page because now I know Im not crazy, and since you found a solution to permanently disabling it, there is hope. I hope your solution works for me.

    Here goes :-)

    Im happy to say that services.msc worked for me :-D

    In windows search bar "services.msc" (computer search if need be)

    scroll down to Windows Media Player Network Services

    Right click on it, properties, disable.

    Thank u to the above "CoShef"

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:15 PM
  • 1 way out

    1.

    Im happy to say that services.msc worked for me :-D

    In windows search bar "services.msc" (computer search if need be)

    scroll down to Windows Media Player Network Services

    Right click on it, properties, disable.

    Thank u to the above "CoShef"

    2. way out

    alt+cntl+del

    in task manager go to services - select - WMPNetworkSvc  - then select button " services ...."

    now disable it there & end process

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:45 PM
  •  way out

    1.

    Im happy to say that services.msc worked for me :-D

    In windows search bar "services.msc" (computer search if need be)

    scroll down to Windows Media Player Network Services

    Right click on it, properties, disable.

    Thank u to the above "CoShef"

    2. way out

    alt+cntl+del

    in task manager go to services - select - WMPNetworkSvc - then select button " services ...."

    now disable it there & end process

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:45 PM