I have a wired LAN network that includes two XP computers and a Windows 7 computer. I previously turned off the two XP computers from running in the master browser elections so the Windows 7 computer would automatically be the master browser (in the hopes of solving other networking issues I am having). I did that by running
services.msc on the XP computers and disabling the Computer Browser service.
I turn the Windows 7 computer off every night but the Windows XP computers take an extremely long time to turn on because they are old and not very good, so I leave them on. When I checked the Master Browser status today, both of the Windows XP computers were set to Master Browser and the Windows 7 computer wasn't, which means that the Windows XP computers turned back on running in the master browser elections by enabling the computer browser service.
Is there some way I can stop them from doing this without leaving the Windows 7 computer on indefinitely?