Data type


Default value


Provider name [, Provider name, ... ]

LanmanWorkstation (when a single network is installed)


Contains a list of the available network providers in the order in which they are accessed.

To appear in this list, a network provider must be represented by a subkey under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services. It must be a member of the NetworkProvider service group , and it must have a networkprovider subkey in its Services subkey. The NetworkProvider subkey stores information for the Multiple Provider Router. The service group for each service is stored in the value of Group .

Change method

To change the value of this entry, double-click Network in Control Panel. From the Advanced menu, choose Advanced Settings and click the Provider Order tab. Click on a provider and use the up and down arrows to change the order.

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To find all the services configured to run in the NetworkProvider service group, use sc.exe, a tool provided with the Windows 2000 Resource Kit. (Note that this tool only works with Regedit.exe, not Regedt32.exe.) Type:

sc queryex group= networkprovider state= all

Related Entries




networkprovider subkey in the Services key