Peer Networking Identity Manager

The Peer Networking Identity Manager (p2pimsvc) service provides the identity service for peer networking. It allows the creation, enumeration, and manipulation of peer identities in a peer-to-peer application. An individual user can have several peer identities. This service supports the HomeGroup feature in Windows 7.

This service is installed by default and its startup type is Manual.

When the Peer Networking Identity Manager service is started in its default configuration, it logs on by using the Local Service account.

The Peer Networking Identity Manager service is not dependent upon any other system component.

The following system components are dependent upon the Peer Networking Identity Manager service:

  • Peer Name Resolution Protocol
  • Peer Networking Grouping
  • PNRP Machine Name Publication Service