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Services Utility: World Wide Web Publishing Service Service

Display Name (?): World Wide Web Publishing Service
Short Name (?): W3SVC
Executable (?): svchost.exe
Library (?): iisw3adm.dll
Depends On (?): None.
Supports (?): None.
Description (?): Provides Web connectivity and administration through the Internet Information Services Manager
OS (?): NT4 Server, 2000 Server, Server 2003, Vista Server
Startup (?):

Explanation (?):

The world wide web publishing service is used in Windows XP Pro (not Home) to act as a web server. This means that this service allows any Windows XP Pro machine to serve out web content just like any Internet website. This service is not installed by default, but instead must be installed from Add / Remove Programs under the Internet Information Services (IIS) component. Since IIS is a high risk service to run you would be best advised not to use this feature unless you really need it. But, instead of just disabling this service you really should remove it if you don't need it.

Please visit /tools/services/ for the complete Services utility.