NetBIOS Interface Service Defaults in Windows XP

NetBIOS Interface.

Default Settings

Startup type:System
Display name:NetBIOS Interface
Service name:NetBIOS
Service type:filesys
Error control:normal
Group:NetBIOSGroup
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\DRIVERS\netbios.sys
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetBIOS

Default Behavior

NetBIOS Interface is a file system driver. In Windows XP it is starting right at Kernel initialization. If the NetBIOS Interface fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the NetBIOS service has failed to start.

Dependencies

The following components depend on NetBIOS Interface:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of NetBIOS Interface

1. Run the Command Prompt.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config NetBIOS start= system
sc start NetBIOS

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The NetBIOS service is using the netbios.sys file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.