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Bradley Mitchell

IP Helper - The Windows Vista Service

By September 3, 2009

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There are a few different applications on the Internet called IP Helper. One of these is a Windows service introduced by Microsoft with the Vista operating system. IP Helper (service name 'iphlpsvc') is apparently designed to improve a Windows PC's support for IPv6 network protocol. The IP Helper service runs by default on all current Vista computers (even though extremely few networks today actually run IPv6).

Some Vista users have reported problems with this service. Most commonly, folks claim that "IP Helper has stopped working" messages pop up on their desktop occasionally, disrupting their network connectivity in the process and sometimes even also affecting the desktop's visual settings. Some techies recommend keeping IP Helper disabled at all times on the grounds that it adds no value on a traditional Internet Protocol (IPv4) network. I must agree: Unless you're running on a combination of IPv6 and IPv4 networks, IP helper seems to offer no new functionality and is just one more thing that can go wrong in your setup.

See also - Disable Unneeded Windows Features to Speed Up Vista (windows.about.com)
April 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(1) Marni says:

How does one disable this IP helper? Just since my last windows update the error message iss popping up every few minutes and is driving me crazy.

April 20, 2010 at 11:57 am
(2) James says:


You can disable it by going into your control panel, then administrative tools, then clicking on services. Go down to IP Helper and right click on it and click on properties. Next to startup type change it to disabled and click apply and restart your PC.

June 29, 2011 at 10:32 am
(3) Connie says:

Thank goodness, now working great.. THANKS !!!!

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