Computer Browser Service Defaults in Windows XP

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:Automatic
Display name:Computer Browser
Service name:Browser
Service type:share
Error control:normal
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 XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the Computer Browser service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Computer Browser fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the Browser service has failed to start.

Dependencies

Computer Browser depends on the following system components:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Computer Browser

1. Select your Windows XP edition and service pack, and then click Download.

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

3. Run the saved file.

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 changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.