Windows Server

Why did the Computer Browser Service disappear?

Hi everyone,
If you are like me, you might (or might not :P) observe that the Computer Browser Service, on some of your computers/servers, especially Windows 8.1/2012R2 and up, has all of a sudden disappeared!

No Computer Browser Service !

Well, that’s not something you should worry about, as the Computer Browser Service is legacy, is now deprecated, and last but not least, was removed because you removed/disabled the SMBv1. Since the Computer Browser Service cannot function without SMBv1, it gets removed!

If you do want to use Explorer Network in small environments or workgroups, you can by starting the “Function Discovery Provider Host” and “Function Discovery Resource Publication” services, and enabling the Network Discovery function, and voila!

For more reading on the subject, please refer to .