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windows 7By default, Windows 7 automatically turns on a lot of background services which are thought to be important for the operating system itself. The issue with this feature is that a lot of such services are not needed at all. Furthermore, they use a lot of computer resources, thus compromising the system speed. One of the most “resource-thirsty” services is wmpnetwk.exe which is used by Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service to  share Windows Media Player libraries.  Let’s see how to disable it and save precious and important resources.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search field, type services.msc and hit Enter.
  3. In the Services Microsoft Management Console, right-click Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service and click Properties.
  4. Under Startup Type, click the drop down menu.
  5. Click Disable.
  6. Restart the computer for the change to take effect.

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7 Comments to “How to Disable Media Player Network Sharing Service (wmpnetwk.exe) in Windows 7”

  1. Chauncey Says:

    That doesn’t disable it , it fixes the problem. wmpnetwk.exe and wmpconfig.exe are needed in order to share your media through windows media player. When you have tons of folders and drives and files for it to monitor it bogs down your system. Try either cutting back on how many files you are trying to share or the number drive,folders so on and so forth..If you are not trying to share you media you should be able to do the same as above but click the configure sharing button and uncheck share my media. that should disable it possible after a reboot.

  2. Chauncey Says:

    I have found solution to wmpnetwk.exe problem … you have windows media player monitoring too many folders for new content.

    Step 1. Open Windows media Player.
    2. Down Arrow under Library > More Options…
    3. Click Monitor Folders
    4. Remove as many folders as possible ( i.e. leave the 2 system folders )
    5. Now as long as you don’t have a tone of sub-folders and files and you are trying to share files with your xbox and/or other gaming device it should pretty much drop your cpu/memory/networking down to around 40 % which is enough even for my dinosaur amd xp 1800 w/ 1 gig ddr3200 and a 128 meg gforce fx 4400 i think.

    If this works leave a note and if not , can probably figure it out.

  3. hv Says:

    worked like a charm! this has been bugging me for ages.

  4. Elias Says:

    @mick: Just right- click again on Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service and select “stop”.

  5. mick Says:

    followed your instructions but it still runs in the background.

  6. bazzegboy Says:

    Thanks bro! Now disabled this fuc….ing wmpnetwork.exe

  7. Dennis F. Says:

    Thanks. I found a few others that I’m not using.

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