Install Computer Browser Service

Posted on 2006-07-14
Last Modified: 2009-05-01

I am missing the "Computer Browser Service" thus every time I click on "View Workgroup Computers" I just get a beep and nothing happens as well as when I try to access a computer by it's name (i.e. \\leo) it tells me "Windows Cannot Find \\leo".  Also when I just try the network IP address "\\" it tells me the same thing so perhaps I am missing something else as well.  My other computers can access eachother but this one is giving me these errors when trying to access the others (the others can access it just fine)

Please Help!

Question by:FCouples

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If its XP then your missing the browser thats on the CD .
Firstly id make sure windows is up todate if it is then put the XP CD in dont run it. once in go to start run and type "sfc /scannow"
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Perhaps this MSKB article will be of help:;en-us;318030
You cannot access shared files and folders or browse computers in the workgroup

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Shaun - tried the sfc /scannow, still nothing

Lee - The part where it says to enable "Computer Browser Service" I don't even have that on my list of services, it needs to be installed and I have no clue how to do that
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I thought that perhaps you had not turned on NetBios over TCP/IP and maybe that would make the Computer Browser Service available...

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tried it, nope
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Well, I haven't been able to find any sites yet about how to (re)install the Computer Browser Service...

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Hi FCouples,
following on from the link to;en-us;318030
given above by LeeTutor,
you could Turn off NetBIOS over TCP/IP, reboot and then turn it on again.

You could also try uninstalling all your networking devices:
Open a command prompt,
type "set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1" and enter
type "devmgmt.msc" and enter.
Click View and "Show Hidden Devices" (so that there's a tick beside it)
Then open the "Network Adapters" section and uninstall your devices.
You can also use this opportunity to delete other nonpresent devices, these show up as ghosts (not sure how else to explain it!)
Reboot and see if Windows can resolve the issue.

Btw, what errors are logged in the event viewer?

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I tried that and still nothing, even tried repairing the installation.  I was forced to just completely reinstall windows however... sigh @ M$

Thanks everyone for your suggestions, please PAQ and refund
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The normal way you would do that is to go to Community Support and enter a zero point question requesting the PAQ and refund since you had to solve it yourself.  However, since as a Page Editor I have most of the capabilities of a Moderator, I will short-circuit that and do it right away...

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