Windows® Media Player sharing
What is Windows Media Player Network Sharing service and when do you need to disable this feature?
Windows Media Player is the media player released from Microsoft. It is seen that it would come preinstalled with all of the Operating Systems. This application could be used to play the video and the audio. By using this player, you could be able to copy the music to compact discs, and could also perform ripping of music. By using this media player, you would burn the discs which are in the Audio CD format or could also burn the audio discs. This Windows Media Player has replaced an earlier application that is called as Media Player in the earlier versions.
Following points focus on the network sharing in Windows Media Player and the tips to disable this service:
- Windows Media Player Network sharing
- Need to disable
- Tips to disable
Windows Media Player Network sharing
Windows Media Player Network Sharing is a service, which would allow the Media Player to share any media with other systems which are in the network. That means even if you are seeing some video or hearing a video, you could share that same with other users which are present in that network. This is an easy to use feature using which you can share with little effort. This feature could be found in the Windows Media Player 11 and 12 versions. This would run in the background without your knowledge and would also occupy some amount of memory.
Need to disable
Windows Media Player Network sharing would run in the background even if you do not open the Windows Media Player. If this background service is constantly operated, that would create issues. This would consume system resources and memory. As a result, the system would become slow. So if you are not using this service, you have to disable this service. That would be better. Otherwise you would not know how many times this service is getting executed. So, in order to reduce the RAM usage and the CPU resources, you have to disable this service.
You have to select Control Panel. In the left pane, you need to click on Classic View. Then, double click on the Administrative Tools that is in the right pane. You have to select Services icon and double-click that. You need to click the Continue button if the User Account Control dialogue box would appear. You need to locate the Windows Media Player Network sharing Service in the service window and then double-click on it. Then, select properties dialogue box, in the drop-down list, you have to select 'Disable'. Then click on 'Apply' and then 'OK'.
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