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Disable Windows 7 DLNA exposure

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/05/13

It looks like when you install Windows Media Player in Window 7, it will expose your media library for DLNA access by default for any user that chooses “quick” settings.

This even when you have not turned on media streaming, or not enabled the “Automatically allow devices to play my media” (this link has some screenshots on those settings).

I know few users who go the whole nine yards around those “quick” settings, so pretty much any Windows 7 user has their media library exposed as DLNA in your Home or Work networks (DLNA seems disabled on Public networks by default).

This is both a pollution of your DLNA space (for instance making it more difficult from your digital TV to to select the correct DLNA source), and an exposure. Any malware in your network might so some discovery (and yes, truckloads of PC’s in Work or Home networks have such malware running).

Though searching for “Winodws 7” “Disable DLNA” returns few good results, the actual trick is easy:

  1. On the start menu, type “Manage advanced sharing settings”
  2. Click the arrow next to “Home or work”
  3. Under “Media Streaming”, click “Choose media streaming options”
  4. Click on the “Block all” button
  5. Click the “OK” button
  6. Close the “Advanced sharing settings” window


via: Media Streaming with Windows 7 – Engineering Windows 7 – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

4 Responses to “Disable Windows 7 DLNA exposure”

  1. Dexter said

    Thank you.

  2. Tommy said

    This did not work on my Samsung LCD TV. In order for my computer not to show up as a media server, I had to stop and disable the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service (WMPNetworkSvc) in the Services panel.

  3. great! Thanks for the info, I was wondering what was I seen on my TV instead of my DLNA server…

  4. henry said

    Thank you for info provided. It helps

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