I just noticed that my Windows Event Viewer is flooded with a repeating trio of entries.

The Computer Browser service entered the running state.

The Computer Browser service entered the stopped state.

The Computer Browser service terminated with the following error:
Access is denied.

This occurs every two minutes.

I had a look at the local services. Computer Browser is set to Manual start under the Local System account. The Recovery options are set to retry twice after failing with a two minute delay each time. All of it dependency services are started and it has no dependants. I can't find any Group Policy's that mention this service by name.

If I try to start it manually, it just gives the usual "Access is denied."

What could be causing this to fail? How do I get this to work, or should I just disable it?

  • Is the question why are you getting the message or why can't you update your policies? – Dave Oct 9 '13 at 7:40
  • Sorry, question clarified. – Hand-E-Food Oct 9 '13 at 22:22

Computer Browser service is the mechanism that collects and distributes the list of workgroups and domains and the servers within them. The list displays in the Microsoft Windows Network window and related windows in My Network Places.

I believe it only really applied up to XP and is now legacy. Therefore you may be able to simply disable it.

Or try turning on Network Discovery in Network and Sharing Center.

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    You are correct, Computer Browser service was discontinued after Win2000 and XP. – user201262 Oct 9 '13 at 19:38
  • Network Discovery is on. I find it very odd that a computer that has never had Windows XP installed on it would even bother installing this defunct component. It's good to know I can disable it without reducing functionality. – Hand-E-Food Oct 9 '13 at 22:32

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