Computer Browser Service crashes

Posted on 2005-04-15
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I keep getting this error message in my event log:
Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7023
Date:            4/14/2005
Time:            11:43:43 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      QCSPC20
The Computer Browser service terminated with the following error:
This operation returned because the timeout period expired.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at

My computer seems to be working fine though. I just hate error messages in my even log.
I do have a problem with a program that broadcasts messages on the network not working and thought this might be the cause. So before I reinstall that app Id see if any one had any suggestions.
Question by:joe-quick
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    Accepted Solution

    The Computer Browser service lets you track servers that are active on the network with a minimum of network overhead.
    If you are not on a network then I suggest you disable Computer browser service.

    A very nice suggestion from maxmiller;

    If you want to use it as it is, just Copy between the lines and Paste into Notepad and save it as Services.reg
    Save it onto the Desktop, then just double-click it.

    (Note) The lines that begin with a semi-colon ( ; ) do not need to be removed.
    They are comment lines and will be totally ignored by the registry editor.
    If you would prefer some Services to remain the XP Default or different than noted, just change the end number of the particular Service to suit.

    ---------------Begin Copy and Paste------------------------
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ; The number 00000002 means  the Service will be "Automatic"
    ; The number-------------3 means----------------------------"Manual"
    ; The number-------------4 means----------------------------"Disabled"
    ; Right after the semi-colon is the action this tweak will perform
    ; this is then followed by XP's default setting in brackets.
    ;This will disable "Alerter" (3)

    ;This will disable "Automatic Updates" (2)

    ;This will disable "Background Intelligent Transfer Service" (3)

    ;This will disable "ClipBook" (3)

    ;This will disable "COM+ Event System" (3)

    ;This will disable "COM+ System Application" (3)

    ;This will disable "Computer Browser" (2)

    ;This will disable "DHCP Client" (2)

    ;This will disable "Distributed Link Tracking Client" (2)

    ;This will disable "Distributed Transaction Coordinator" (3)

    ;This will disable "DNS Client" (2)

    ;This will disable "Error Reporting Service" (2)

    ;This will disable "Fast User Switching Compatibility" (3)

    ;This will disable "Help and Support" (2)

    ;This will disable "Indexing Service" (3)

    ;This will disable "IPSEC Services" (2)

    ;This will disable "Messenger" (2)

    ;This will disable "MS Software Shadow Copy Provider" (3)

    ;This will disable "NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing" (3)

    ;This will disable "Network DDE" (3)

    ;This will disable "Network DDE DSDM" (3)

    ;This will disable "NT LM Security Support Provider" (3)

    ;This will disable "Net Logon" (3)

    ;This will disable "Network Location Awareness (NLA)" (3)

    ;This will disable "Performance Logs and Alerts" (3)

    ;This will disable "Portable Media Serial Number" (2)

    ;This will make MANUAL "Protected Storage" (2)

    ;This will disable "QoS RSVP" (3)

    ;This will disable "Remote Desktop Help Session Manager" (3)

    ;This will disable "Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator" (3)

    ;This will disable "Remote Registry" (2)

    ;This will disable "Secondary Logon" (2)

    ;This will disable "Security Accounts Manager" (2)

    ;This will disable "Server" (2)

    ;This will make MANUAL "Shell Hardware Detection" (2)

    ;This will disable "Smart Card" (3)

    ;This will disable "Smart Card Helper" (3)

    ;This will disable "SSDP Discovery Service" (3)

    ;This will disable "System Event Notification" (2)

    ;This will disable "System Restore Service" (2)

    ;This will disable "Task Scheduler" (2)

    ;This will disable "TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper" (2)

    ;This will disable "Telnet" (3)

    ;This will disable "Terminal Services" (3)

    ;This will disable "Themes" (2)

    ;This will disable "Uninterruptible Power Supply" (3)

    ;This will disable "Universal Plug and Play Device Host" (3)

    ;This will disable "Upload Manager" (2)

    ;This will disable "Volume Shadow Copy" (3)

    ;This will disable "WebClient" (2)

    ;This will disable "Windows Time" (2)

    ;This will disable "Wireless Zero Configuration" (2)

    ;This will disable "WMI Performance Adapter" (3)

    ;This will disable "Workstation" (2)
    --------------End Copy and Paste---------------------------------

    You can disable the service also in the Control panel (services)

    Replace all the curly end brackets with aquare ones

    if you go here :
    you will see that even fatal_exception has this service disabled,ha,ha,ha...
    LVL 3

    Author Comment

    Thanks senad,
    Im sorry I should have stated that I was on a network, Doman to be exact. 1 PDC and 1 BDC. I log onto the pc not the domain, and I have no problem contacting those servers.

    Maybe I will try logging onto the domain and see if i still get the error.

    I checked out the link you gave, there is some great stuff there! Gonna have to give you points just for that. ;)

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