Quote: Originally Posted by EarlZ
Sorry i wasnt able to check the thread for some time, i remember that service is needed coz i used to turn that of when i dont need any sharing done.. i access the other computer via //targetname and there are times that i forget to enable the computer browser service..
the repair for Windows 7 is a bit complicated and long xD
The "computer browser" (CB) service is most definitely not required for accessing other computers via UNC (\\targetname
). If that's all you ever do, you can disable CB on every machine on the network and not worry about it.
What CB does is to collect periodic "announcements" from machines whose Server service is active: "My name is XYZ and these are my shares...". Whenever a user clicks on Net Neighborhood (or whatever it's called nowadays), the machine finds and queries the winner of a local CB "election" to ask it for the list of workgroup/domain resources.
If you use UNC, that's all bypassed.
Even if you do sometimes require the browse list, only one box on a small network needs to run the CB service. It will automatically win the CB "election" (whenever it's running obviously).