Can't start the Workstation service.

Veronica Schiefer 1 Reputation point

The Computer Browser service is not listed as a service. The Workstation service will not start because it lists the Browser service as a dependency.

How do I remove the Browser service from the list of dependencies of the Workstation service.

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  1. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP

    What happens if you
    sc start lanmanworkstation

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  2. Youssef Saad 3,401 Reputation points

    Hi @Veronica Schiefer ,

    The Browser service is part of the old SMB V1.0 file sharing system, If it is disabled, you will not see it.

    SMBv1 it's not more secure and it's not recommended to use/enable it.


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  3. Joy Qiao 4,886 Reputation points Microsoft Employee


    What's your system build?
    I noticed my test device with Windows 10 version 2004 system has not Computer Browser service just like yours. But it not make any affection on enable workstation service.

    How did you enable Workstation services? Manfully from Service panel or command line?
    Any error occur or what's the behavior when try to start workstation service?
    What's the type of your system login account, a domain administrator account, a domain account, local administrator account or local standard account?



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  4. Alexander Geeve 0 Reputation points

    It is possible the lanmanworstation service depents on (only) SMB1 (ps check: Get-SmbServerConfiguration)

    or sc.exe qc lanmanworkstation

    Enable SMB1 (Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName SMB1Protocol)

    Or make it depend on SMB2 also

    sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb10/mrxsmb20/nsi

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