Windows Vista Services

Bowser - Windows Vista Service

Implements the datagram receiver for the computer browser browser service.

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

Startup Type

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
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Default Properties

Display name:Bowser
Service name:bowser
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

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


If Bowser is stopped, the Workstation fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type of Bowser

Automated Restore

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

2. Save the RestoreBowserWindowsVista.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 bowser.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.

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