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Windows 7: I can't turn on wmp network sharing service in win 7


29 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
I can't turn on wmp network sharing service in win 7

I am trying to stream media to my new WD live media player. When I hit the "turn on media streaming" button in Windows Media Player it will not turn on. When I go to services and change the setting on "Windows media player network sharing service" to automatic then start it does not start and I get an error code "error 3: the system can't find the path specified. I noticed in properties for that service "path to executable" no path is listed. Can anyone help?

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01 Jul 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums noads. You can add the path by editing the registry. Make a backup just in case.

Registry - Backup and Restore

Start> In search box type regedit> Enter

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WMPNetworkSvc

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Click on the WMPNetworkSvc> On the right pane, locate ImagePath

I can't turn on wmp network sharing service in win 7-imagepath.jpg

Apparently yours will have no path. Right click on the name ImagePath and choose Modify

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In the value data field copy and paste

"%PROGRAMFILES%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe"

Click OK

This should restore the path. Open services.msc and see if the path now shows. Try to start the service.

Let us know how it goes. A Guy


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01 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you very much for your help. When I navigate to that spot in the registry the name "ImagePath" is not there.
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01 Jul 2012   #4

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OK, then when you navigate to WMPNetworkSvc as per above

On the right pane, right click and choose New> Expandable string value> Name it ImagePath> When you have a new string called ImagePath, now right click it and choose Modify



In the value data field copy and paste

"%PROGRAMFILES%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe"

Click OK

Confirm you have the correct entry as in my system screen shot, now open services.msc and see if the path now shows. Try to start the service.

A Guy
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02 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Once again I want to thank you for your help. I have made the changes and I am now able to stream to my tv. I thought I was looking at a re-install of Windows. You saved me a lot of time. Thanks again.
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02 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

What I'd like to know is how on earth that registry string was changed from the working default setting in the first place? Streaming works perfectly for me by default without having to change anything.
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02 Jul 2012   #7

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

My pleasure Like chev65 said, a mystery how the whole path disappeared. I hope you weren't using "tweaks" or a registry cleaner other then CCleaner's. I'm glad you got it working. Let's hope that's all that was wrong. A Guy
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03 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

This computer came from Dell and there have been a number of problems from the start. I don't think their install was done properly. The backup and restore does not function properly either. This is my wife's computer and I have been able to save her important files on a separate partition. I have not done any tweaking on her computer and the only cleaner I use is CCleaner. I figure at some point over the winter when I have a lot of time on my hands I will re-install Windows. Thanks again for your help.
Jim Noads
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03 Jul 2012   #9

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Good to know, and again you are very welcome

A Guy
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12 Jun 2014   #10

win7 pro sp1 x64
 
 
awesome

thanks A Guy, tremendously helpful....
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