Description:Enables the computer to participate in the election for maintaining the browser list.
The browser list contains all computers, that have announced themselves on the network through the Server service
- Home Network: This service only need to be activated on a single computer. It is convenient to activate this service on all computers to avoid single point of failure.
- Corporate Network: The Active Directory should be used instead.
Note the Computer Browser service will fail to start if the services it depends on are not available (Disable the Computer Browser if not using File Sharing):
Note if the Computer Browser cannot be reached (either because no computer is running the service, or because of a firewall), then it will give the following error message when trying to browse My Network Places:
More Info Microsoft Technet
MShome is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.
More Info MS KB Q318030
More Info MS KB Q913619
More Info MS KB Q188001
More Info MS KB Q188305
More Info MS KB Q262694
More Info MS KB Q875362
- Automatic, if on a network and there is no dedicated master browser.
- Disabled, if not using network shares or shared printers on the network.
- Win8: Manual (Trigger Start - FIREWALL PORT EVENT)
- Win7: Manual
- Vista: Automatic (Not Started)
- WinXP/Win2k/WinNT4: Automatic
- Win8/Win7/Vista: svchost.exe -k netsvcs (Browser)
- WinXP/2k3: svchost.exe -k netsvcs (Browser)
- Win2k: services.exe (Browser)
Updated: 13 December 2012