Microsoft's own protocol for transferring files between your computer and Microsoft.
It is mainly used to upload the hardware profile for your computer to Microsoft, and
download details of what drivers to use.
- Driver Protection
- Uses this service to get updated lists from Microsoft about what drivers are bad and should not be activated.
- Online Device Help
- Uses this service to get details from Microsoft of what drivers to use for unknown devices.
If the service is disabled then some of the online help will stop working.
- Disabled, if able to live without the online help.
- WinXP: Automatic
- Win2k3: Disabled
- WinXP SP2+: Not installed