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No "Computer Browser" showing in Services

  1. #1


    Hampshire UK
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

    No "Computer Browser" showing in Services


    I've been having a network problem since Refreshing Windows 8.1 Pro Update 64 bit on one of my PC's. I've been able to see other PC's OK but unable to see some devices (eg Diskstation NAS etc) on my network (all connected using Ethernet cables).

    I've tried all sorts of things to cure the problem and all to no avail.

    I just noticed that in Services there was no Computer Browser so I guess this is my problem. I copied over the browser.dll file from another PC (using the same operating system) to the Windows/System32 folder but after a reboot there was still no Computer Browser in Services. I ran a couple of scripts I found, a registry hack and something else to restore the Computer Browser then I uninstalled the Client for Microsoft Networks, rebooted and re-installed the client.

    Now when I look in Services it's listed as Browser instead of Computer Browser and in the Description column it says "Failed to read description. Error Code: 15100. The error code has now changed to error code 2.

    Any suggestions what I can try next other than a clean re-install?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Hampshire UK
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    At last I found the cause of my problem, during my Windows Refresh some Windows features were turned off, make sure this is enabled:-

    Control Panel / Programs and Features / Turn Windows Features On or Off and make sure SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support is ticked
    Last edited by Bazzer; 14 May 2014 at 09:48.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

No "Computer Browser" showing in Services
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