Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What services must be set to automatic or manual in order for the Media Sharing option in Windows Media Player to function?

I ask, because I've turned off some services, and I can't for the life of me figure out what one needs to be turned back on for this function to work again. When I try to setup sharing again, the dialog box hangs when I attempt to share my media under the Library Drop-down and "Media sharing ..." in WMP.

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service, of course.

This link will also be helpful:

It has information about how to set up your firewall, and mentions among other things that the IPSEC service must be turned off.

share|improve this answer
Well, I feel like a dumb ass, I did not read that and I really should of when I went through the list, but I had a case of "no-lookie-itis". – Mark Tomlin Aug 4 '10 at 17:41

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.