Computer Browser

 

General Information

Computer Browser service maintains a listing of computers and resources located on the network. This service is not required on a standalone system. In fact, even if you want to browse the network (work-group or domain) or have mapped network shares as local hard drives, you can still do so. On a large network, one computer is designated the “master” browser and another one is the “backup” browser. All others just announce they are available every 12 minutes to “take over” duties if one of the other computers fail. No lag time is discernible if this service remains disabled on all but one computer. Honestly, I do not even believe one needs to be running. You could, “just in case,” but it sure does not need to be running on all computers, all of the time.


Windows 8

Default Description

Maintains an updated list of computers on the network and supplies this list to computers designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, this list will not be updated or maintained. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 x64 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Manual (Trigger Start)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Browser
Display Name: Computer Browser

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

Maintains an updated list of computers on the network and supplies this list to computers designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, this list will not be updated or maintained. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Manual (Started) Manual
Windows 7 Home Basic Manual (Started) Manual
Windows 7 Home Premium Manual (Started) Manual
Windows 7 Professional Manual (Started) Manual
Windows 7 Ultimate Manual (Started) Manual
Windows 7 Enterprise Manual (Started) Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Browser
Display Name: Computer Browser

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Computer Browser needs to function properly:

  • Server(S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
  • Workstation(S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
    • Browser Support Driver (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
    • Network Store Interface Service(S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
      • NSI proxy service driver (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
    • SMB 1.x MiniRedirector (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
      • SMB MiniRedirector Wrapper and Engine (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
        • Redirected Buffering Sub Sysytem [Possible Typo in Windows 7] (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
          • Mup (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
    • SMB 2.0 MiniRedirector (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
      • SMB MiniRedirector Wrapper and Engine (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
        • Redirected Buffering Sub Sysytem [Possible Typo in Windows 7] (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)
          • Mup (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

What other service require Computer Browser to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Maintains an updated list of computers on the network and supplies this list to computers designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, this list will not be updated or maintained. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic **
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic **
Vista Business Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic **
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic **
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic **

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Browser
Display Name: Computer Browser

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Computer Browser needs to function properly:

  • Server(HB, HP, B, U)
  • Workstation(HB, HP, B, U)
    • Bowser (sic) ~ could be a misspelled service name (HB, HP, B, U)
    • Network Store Interface Service(HB, HP, B, U)
      • NSI proxy service (HB, HP, B, U)
    • SMB 1.x MiniRedirector (HB, HP, B, U)
      • SMB MiniRedirector Wrapper and Engine (HB, HP, B, U)
        • Redirected Buffering Sub System (HB, HP, B, U)
          • Mup (HB, HP, B, U)
    • SMB 2.0 MiniRedirector (HB, HP, B, U)
      • SMB MiniRedirector Wrapper and Engine (HB, HP, B, U)
        • Redirected Buffering Sub System (HB, HP, B, U)
          • Mup (HB, HP, B, U)

What other service require Computer Browser to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Maintains an updated list of computers on the network and supplies this list to computers designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, this list will not be updated or maintained. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

Computer Browser service maintains a listing of computers and resources located on the network. This service is not required on a standalone system. In fact, even if you want to browse the network (workgroup or domain) or have mapped network shares as local hard drives, you can still do so. On a large network, one computer is designated the “master” browser and another one is the “backup” browser. All others just announce they are available every 12 minutes to “take over” duties if one of the other computers fail. No lag time is discernable if this service remains disabled on all but one computer. Honestly, I do not even believe one needs to be running. You could, “just in case,” but it sure does not need to be running on all computers, all of the time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64  ?  ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Browser
Display Name: Computer Browser

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Computer Browser needs to function properly:

What other service require Computer Browser to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Maintains an updated list of computers on the network and supplies this list to computers designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, this list will not be updated or maintained. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

Computer Browser service maintains a listing of computers and resources located on the network. This service is not required on a standalone system. In fact, even if you want to browse the network (workgroup or domain) or have mapped network shares as local hard drives, you can still do so. On a large network, one computer is designated the “master” browser and another one is the “backup” browser. All others just announce they are available every 12 minutes to “take over” duties if one of the other computers fail. No lag time is discernable if this service remains disabled on all but one computer. Honestly, I do not even believe one needs to be running. You could, “just in case,” but it sure does not need to be running on all computers, all of the time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started)
XP MCE 2005 Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started)
XP Pro Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Browser
Display Name: Computer Browser

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Computer Browser needs to function properly:

What other service require Computer Browser to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.