Computer Browser Service Defaults in Windows 8

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.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Computer Browser
Service name:Browser
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:NetworkProvider
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\browser.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser

Default Behavior

Computer Browser is a Win32 service. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Computer Browser service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Computer Browser fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the Browser service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

Computer Browser can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Computer Browser

1. Select your Windows 8 edition and update pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win8_Browser_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The Browser service is using the browser.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.