Windows 10 randomly stops SSDP Discovery service


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    Windows 10
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    Windows 10 randomly stops SSDP Discovery service


    Hello Everyone,

    Windows 10 1909 is stopping the SSDP Discovery service at random intervals, even if the service startup type is set to Automatic. This effectively makes my PC invisible to other PCs on the network.

    The only way I've found around this problem is

    1. Access Windows Services
    2. Find the the SSDP Discovery service. It will not be running.
    3. Restart the SSDP service. Ensure that the startup type is still set to Automatic. The PC is now visible on the network.
    4. Some time later, Windows 10 will arbitrarily stop SSDP Discovery again, and the PC will not be visible on the network. I repeat steps 1-3 to get it running again.

    Why does Windows 10 do this? Do I have to keep re-starting the service this way in order to keep my PC visible on the network?

    Thanks for your time,
    Alan Mintaka
      My Computer

  2. SoFine409's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro
       #2

    Alan Mintaka said:
    Hello Everyone,

    Windows 10 1909 is stopping the SSDP Discovery service at random intervals, even if the service startup type is set to Automatic. This effectively makes my PC invisible to other PCs on the network.

    The only way I've found around this problem is

    1. Access Windows Services
    2. Find the the SSDP Discovery service. It will not be running.
    3. Restart the SSDP service. Ensure that the startup type is still set to Automatic. The PC is now visible on the network.
    4. Some time later, Windows 10 will arbitrarily stop SSDP Discovery again, and the PC will not be visible on the network. I repeat steps 1-3 to get it running again.

    Why does Windows 10 do this? Do I have to keep re-starting the service this way in order to keep my PC visible on the network?

    Thanks for your time,
    Alan Mintaka
    After doing a little research it seems that this service is operating normally. Having it operating all the time is considered a security risk. Do you feel there is some problem being caused by the current behavior?
      My Computers


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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    SoFine409 said:
    After doing a little research it seems that this service is operating normally. Having it operating all the time is considered a security risk. Do you feel there is some problem being caused by the current behavior?
    Yes, there is a problem. The problem is that the service is being stopped without permission and without notification of any kind. There is also no Windows documentation that explains why this happens, how often it happens, and how to restart the service when it happens. Our only recourse is to search around forums like this one to try to find an answer.

    Funny thing: when we're asked for an explanation for this behavior, we get asked if we feel there is a problem caused by it. We need to drink deep of the Pierian spring, and by largely drinking, sober ourselves again - not to ask why we are drinking.

    PS: nice tux cat.
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  4. SoFine409's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro
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    Alan Mintaka said:
    Yes, there is a problem. The problem is that the service is being stopped without permission and without notification of any kind. There is also no Windows documentation that explains why this happens, how often it happens, and how to restart the service when it happens. Our only recourse is to search around forums like this one to try to find an answer.

    Funny thing: when we're asked for an explanation for this behavior, we get asked if we feel there is a problem caused by it. We need to drink deep of the Pierian spring, and by largely drinking, sober ourselves again - not to ask why we are drinking.

    PS: nice tux cat.
    Hi Alan. Thanks, The tux cat is sadly long gone but the was as sweet as the pix shows (sigh).
    What I found was that the service is used by the system for on demand sharing of information with plug and play devices. If it’s on all the time then it opens up the PC for various bad things. There is probably no easy way to overcome this since the system is designed to protect itself from ill advised meddling. However, I found lots of interesting information with just a little bit of searching so you might want to take a deeper dive into this, unless someone more familiar with it drops in to comment. That all I got; good luck with your quest.Bob
      My Computers


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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    SoFine409 said:
    Hi Alan. Thanks, The tux cat is sadly long gone but the was as sweet as the pix shows (sigh).
    What I found was that the service is used by the system for on demand sharing of information with plug and play devices. If it’s on all the time then it opens up the PC for various bad things. There is probably no easy way to overcome this since the system is designed to protect itself from ill advised meddling. However, I found lots of interesting information with just a little bit of searching so you might want to take a deeper dive into this, unless someone more familiar with it drops in to comment. That all I got; good luck with your quest.Bob
    Thanks Bob, and my condolences on your friend. I'm on my nth generation of cats now, and one of them is a tux who's a ringer for yours - even has the off center white on the right side of the jaw. But the white boots, dress shirt - all the same on mine ("BO-Snef", short for "BO-Sneferu") .

    Take care,
    Alan Mintaka
      My Computer

  6. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows Home Dev 21xxx x64
       #6

    Create a nonstop ping to IP on the shared network to see, if it keeps the service running.
    Code:
    ping 192.168.1.1 -t
    Or create a script or a scheduled task to keep the service started, like repeat this ever minute.
    Code:
    net start SSDPSRV
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  7. SoFine409's Avatar
    Posts : 1,294
    Win10 Pro
       #7

    Alan Mintaka said:
    Thanks Bob, and my condolences on your friend. I'm on my nth generation of cats now, and one of them is a tux who's a ringer for yours - even has the off center white on the right side of the jaw. But the white boots, dress shirt - all the same on mine ("BO-Snef", short for "BO-Sneferu") .

    Take care,
    Alan Mintaka
    Gotta love those tux cats. They definitely know how cute they are. Both he (Tuxie) and his mother, all black named Stealth, were feral rescue cats. He was less than 6 months old so he domesticated easily but his mom not so much. First feral I could not domesticate. Give BO-Snef a pat and a hug for me.
    Be safe,
    Bob
      My Computers


 

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