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Computer Browser - Windows Vista 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, 8 and XP.

Startup Type

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
Starter Automatic Automatic Automatic
Home Basic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Home Premium Automatic Automatic Automatic
Business Automatic Automatic Automatic
Ultimate Automatic Automatic Automatic

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

Computer Browser logs on as LocalSystem and runs in a shared process of svchost.exe. If Computer Browser fails to start, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows Vista 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 system components are stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type for Computer Browser

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows Vista edition and Service Pack, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreComputerBrowserWindowsVista.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 to save changes.

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 Vista installation media.