Turn on Computer Browser Service in Windows Server Essentials

If you have a home network such as Windows Server Essentials 2012 and you discover its not showing up in your Network Map (My Network Places), its really easy to get it going again.

Here is my simple walk through guide on how to turn on computer browser services in windows server essentials

I had visited a client recently who has Windows Server Essentials installed on their network.  They use it for sharing files on their windows home network.  However, they were not able to see the computer name in the network map, like the other computer names on the network.

computer browser services PC how to Guide

It’s really easy to get this going. The terminology Microsoft uses to add this to network map is called computer browser services.

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. – Google search results

Usually in the client side of computers, Microsoft has turned the feature on, but in the Server side of things they decided to disable this feature.  Some people like to have it switch on, so they can easily manage things straight from the Network Map or My Network Places.

Turn on computer browser service in Windows Server

 

Step 1: Start Control Panel and go To System and Security, as shown below.

computer browser services - PC how to Guide

 

Step 2: Select Administrative Tools as Shown below.

computer browser services - PC how to Guide

 

Step 3:  In Administrative tools, Select Services. As shown below.

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Step 4: In Services Tools, Select Computer Browser

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Step 5: In computer Browser Services Dialog Box, Under the start up type, select Automatic then click Apply, as shown below

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Step 6: Then click Start, and click Apply. To turn on computer browser service.

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Final Results

Once you start the Computer Browser Services, Your Server should be shown in the Network Map (or in my network places). 

 

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Have Your Say

I hope you liked this tutorial on how to turn on computer browser service.  You should now be able to view all your computers in my network places.  

I hope this has been helpful.  Has this been helpful?  Please join the discussion and comment below and share and share a like

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  • Tom Bach

    however mine will not turn on gives me error 1068, have copied .lanmarkworkstation.reg form another pC and imported it, turned off firewalls, replaced wkssvc.dll using one form another PC. Still doesn’t work