NativeWiFi Filter (NativeWifiP) Service Defaults in Windows 7

NativeWiFi Miniport Driver by Microsoft Corporation.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:NativeWiFi Filter
Service name:NativeWifiP
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NativeWifiP

Default Behavior

NativeWiFi Filter is a kernel device driver. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. If NativeWiFi Filter 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 NativeWifiP service is not running because of the error.


If NativeWiFi Filter is stopped, the WLAN AutoConfig service fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of NativeWiFi Filter

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config NativeWifiP start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

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