What is the Computer Browser (Browser) service?

An explanation of the Computer Browser (Browser) service in Windows 7.

What does the Computer Browser (Browser) service do?

The computer browser service is responsible for collecting information about computers in the network your computer is a member of and showing them to you. If you browse the network your computer is a part of, the list of computers that show up is provided by the browser service.

Computer Browser (Browser) service details

  • Service name: Browser
  • Description: 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.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Computer Browser (Browser) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the browser service to run.

Should I disable the Computer Browser (Browser) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; if your computer is not a part of a network (other than for Internet) you can disable the browser service.

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