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Computer Browser - Windows 8 Service

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.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7, Vista and XP.

Startup Type

Windows 8 edition Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1
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Default Properties

Display name:Computer Browser
Service name:Browser
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%WinDir%\System32\browser.dll
Error control:normal
Group:NetworkProvider
Object:LocalSystem

Default Behavior

The Computer Browser service runs as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services might run in the same process. If Computer Browser fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the Browser service has failed to start.

Dependencies

Computer Browser won't start, if the following services are stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type for Computer Browser

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreComputerBrowserWindows8.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

Note. Make sure that the browser.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.