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I've been searching around for ways to disable the browser service and cannot seem to find a straight answer. Can someone please provide proper instructions on how to do so.

In addition, is there a way to check if the browser service is running. Thanks

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  • Right-click on My Computer and choose Manage
  • Expand Services and Applications
  • Double click on Computer Browser in the list of services
  • Change the Startup type to Disabled and hit Ok

You can also get to Services by clicking the Start button, then Run and typing services.msc in the Open box.

The list of services will also tell you if it's running or not. You can also use the get-service command in Powershell to display your machine's services. For a particular service use the -name switch:

get-service -name "Computer Browser"

To disable it in Powershell:

set-service "Computer Browser" -startupType Disabled
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You can use the command line commands: sc stop “Browser” to stop the service then sc config “Browser” start= disabled to disable it.

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+1 for getting that part in before I edited it into mine :) – squillman Mar 31 '11 at 15:39
quickdraw mcgraw :) – HostBits Mar 31 '11 at 15:40
+1 for providing a quick answer, I gave the answer to squillman for providing instructions on how to check the status, in addition to disable, enable. Thank you for your quick response. – Justin Largey Mar 31 '11 at 15:44
I'd hope you would! Just wanted to give you options! – HostBits Mar 31 '11 at 15:46

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