Microsoft Windows 11 is quietly removing some P2P network services | Windows

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Microsoft Windows 11, the latest operating system from the tech giant. It has been making some changes to its peer-to-peer (P2P) network services. The company recently released the Windows 11  Insider Preview Build 25951 version to the Canary channel. On this latest Build, tech expert, Xeno, spotted that Microsoft quietly deleted some P2P (peer-to-peer network) related services in this version.

P2P networking allows devices on the same network to share resources and communicate directly with each other, without relying on a central server. While P2P networking can be beneficial for tasks like file sharing and streaming, it can also raise privacy and security concerns. In this article, we will explore how Windows 11 is quietly removing some P2P network services and discuss the implications of these changes.

According to reports, Microsoft has removed several DLL files related to peer-to-peer networking. The files removed include those used for distributed routing and P2P services, from the built System32 folder. Xeno noted that along with the deletion of a dozen such files, three services also disappeared:

  • Peer Name Resolution Protocol Peer Name Resolution Protocol
  • Peer Networking Grouping Peer Networking Grouping
  • Peer Networking Identity Manager Peer Networking Identity Manager

An inquiry by ITHome reveals that these services are quite old and have a history of more than 20 years. For example, the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) originated in the Windows XP era as a solution to some of the shortcomings of DNS. Of course, the Canary channel of Windows 11 is only a version used to test new features. So these changes may not necessarily appear in the final official version.

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