Cannot See Network Neighborhood Comments Column in Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008

We can see our domain computers in Network Neighborhood on a Windows 7 workstation, but the "comments" column is not there, nor is it a column that can be added from right-click. This column exists on our Windows XP machines. We use this comments column heavily to see the name of the person logged into the machine for remote assistance (Scripts push the username into the comments).

Does anyone know what happened to this column in Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 for that matter) ?? Is there a way to get it back or is there a writeup about why it is gone all of a sudden?

Maybe someone knows a workaround / hack to get it back if it isn't official from MS?

I hate to have to use an XP VM every time I need to look at computer comments.
SGKomenAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

mkeiwuaCommented:
Hi SGKomen,

please send a screenshot of the network neighboruhood as you see it.

what do you see when you right-click the small bar at the top with "Name" "Computer" "Network Location" e.t.c

B Rgds,

Mkeiwua
0
SGKomenAuthor Commented:
SS Attached, showing columns listed and columns available. I've put the view in Details view (I've tried all views).
ScreenShot052.jpg
0
mkeiwuaCommented:
Hi SGKomen,

The solution is to disable the Computer Browser Service or add an entry on the Win2k8 and Windows 7 machines in the registry as per this solution:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/winservergen/thread/d917ede3-80b7-489c-887c-a04d9759eb70

B Rgds,

Mkeiwua
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Has Powershell sent you back into the Stone Age?

If managing Active Directory using Windows Powershell® is making you feel like you stepped back in time, you are not alone.  For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why.

SGKomenAuthor Commented:
I'm sorry I should have mentioned that Computer Browser is disabled on both of my Windows 2008 domain controllers. So the suggested article does not apply in my situation. Also the article mentioned the comments not showing up for XP, but my comments show up fine on XP machines. I browse the network neighborhood from an XP machine, the comments column is physically there and the comments appear (even for my Windows 7 machine)

Its when I try to browse network neighborfrom FROM a Win7 machine that I lose the column entirely. The comments are still on the machines, but I have no column to show them. I want the column back and am looking for an expert who knows how to add that column in a Win7/Win2008 machine.

anyone else?
0
SGKomenAuthor Commented:
Gonna give Mkeiwua credit. The response was off target but your URL had notes way down at the bottom about how to work around this problem. I followed these steps and now can see my comments on Windows 7

You can follow the steps below to create shortcut:
=========================
From an XP computer on your domain, create a shortcut to your network:
1. Open My Network Places
2. Click "Entire Network" on the left.
3. Open "Microsoft Windows Network"
4. Right-click your network and click "Create Shortcut"
5. Copy this shortcut to others systems.
0
SGKomenAuthor Commented:
Credit for the URL which led to further info about resolving my problem... or at least a work around.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows 7

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.