Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) Service Defaults in Windows 7

Publishes your computer and resources attached to your computer so they can be discovered over the network. If this service is stopped, network resources will no longer be published and they will not be discovered by other computers on the network.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Function Discovery Resource Publication
Service name:FDResPub
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FDResPub
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Default Behavior

Function Discovery Resource Publication is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the Function Discovery Resource Publication service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If Function Discovery Resource Publication fails to start, Windows 7 attempts to write the failure details into Event Log. Then Windows 7 startup should proceed and the user should be notified that the FDResPub service is not running because of the error.


Function Discovery Resource Publication is unable to start, if at least one of the following services is stopped or disabled:

If Function Discovery Resource Publication is stopped, the HomeGroup Provider service fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Function Discovery Resource Publication

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Function Discovery Resource Publication depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config FDResPub start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The FDResPub service is using the fdrespub.dll file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32 directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 7 installation media.