Windows Vista Services

NetBIOS Interface - Windows Vista Service

NetBIOS Interface.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7, 8 and XP.

Startup Type

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

Default Properties

Display name:NetBIOS Interface
Service name:NetBIOS
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

NetBIOS Interface is a file system driver. If NetBIOS Interface 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 NetBIOS service has failed to start. At least one service depends on NetBIOS Interface. Therefore I do not recommend you to disable it.


If NetBIOS Interface is stopped, the Routing and Remote Access fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type for NetBIOS Interface

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreNetBIOSInterfaceWindowsVista.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 netbios.sys file exists in the %WinDir%\system32\DRIVERS folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows Vista installation media.