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    Hi, can someone explain me what the TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service does and if it’s required for the Computer Browser Service in Windows XP? And should I use NetBios over TCP/IP or NetBios from the DHCP Server when I use a static IP adress? Also what is really the difference between the service and the setting from my network connection? Because I always have trouble to load the workgroup computers and other people can’t connect to my computer in a local network. So far I’ve had the service disabled and the network connection setting to DHCP (WinXP Prof. and a static IP adress).


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    The TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service is not required if just working in a simple home network.

    Netbios, DHCP and Computer Browser are 3 different things, but together they make it possible to create a network for file-sharing.

    When using Netbios then the computer broadcasts to all the other computers in the network, what its name is and what TCP/IP address to use to reach it.

    When using DHCP then the computer contacts the DHCP server to get a TCP/IP address. The DHCP server makes sure that two computers in the same network doesn’t use the same TCP/IP address. If there is no DHCP server available, then the computer will try to find a unique IP address by it self. If having assigned a static IP address then one have to make sure that the IP address is reachable by other computers in the network.

    When using Computer Browser Service then it means that the computer also announces to the network that it can perform filesharing (and other things). Before filesharing is working then the Server service and the Workstation service must be running as well and activated for the network adapter.

    Microsoft tries to make things easy, so unless you don’t fiddle with Windows Services and your Network Adapter configuration, then Windows Filesharing should work out of the box on Windows.

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