What Is wmpnscfg.exe and wmpnetwk.exe And How To Disable These Media Sharing Processes

Seeing processes on the background can look quite irritating especially when you are aware that it is no use with the programs you usually operate. For this, reviewing more than 30 running default processes on the background can be a broad topic to tackle and disabling some of the useless processes can be helpful not just for you but for your RAM as well.

Some of the intriguing processes that you may see on your computer are the wmpnscfg.exe and wmpnetwk.exe. These processes are somehow connected with the Windows Media Player but, they will keep on appearing to your processes even you are not using any Media Player on the background.

wmpnscfg.exe and wmpnetwk

Both of these wmpnscfg.exe and wmpnetwk.exe are common to media sharing which a default service and is provided by Windows Media Player 11. This will be completely useless if you are not sharing any media files online or playing any network-related consoles such as Xbox 360.

Disabling the Media Sharing Service on Media Player Program

It will be perfect if you will start it off with the mother program: Media Player. By disabling it, it will not come back again whenever you try to open the Windows Media Player since it is useless for you.

Just open the Media Player program. On its top, look for the button naming “Library”. Click it and a drop down menu will appear. On the menu, click on “Media Sharing”.

However, you may already have customized the theme of your Media Player in which that menu will not be available. For this case, just go to the “Options”, click on “Library” tab and then choose “Configure Sharing”.

(Keep in mind that both of the previous 2 steps mentioned will similarly land you on the next step)

Another menu will appear which is named as “Media Sharing”. Now, uncheck both of the boxes that you may see and hit “OK”.

After hitting the “OK” button, do not be too bothered with the error pop up. Well, just click “Yes”. That’s not dangerous after all.

Disabling Media Sharing on Services

Actually, this is not an important method. This is just for those who are having troubles with getting rid of it. This is for rare cases that the mentioned methods above did not work.

Now, go to “Control Panel” and look for “Services”. If you are lazy doing this, just use the run or search ability of Windows and type in “services.msc” (without the quotes). Hit “search” or “run”.

From the new menu, look for the “Windows Media Player Network Sharing Services”. Double click on it. Then, another menu will appear. On that menu, under the “General” tab, just beside the “Startup type” option, change it to “Disabled” Click “OK” then “Apply”.

Disabling Media Sharing with Registry

Registry is the last resort if you are still having troubles with disabling Media Sharing. Just look for the “Run” option from “Start” menu. Type in “regedit” and browse for: “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftMediaPlayerPreferencesHME” (without quotes).

Once found, double click on “DisableDiscovery” and change the DWORD value to 2.

To make sure that wmpnscfg.exe is already disabled, browse for the “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun” on the registry.

If the item is included on the list, then just delete it. Reboot your machine and you are done.

By following these above given methods, you can easily disable Media Sharing processes in your Windows based computer.

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