Browser Support Driver (bowser) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Implements the kernel datagram receiver for the computer browser browser service.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Browser Support Driver
Service name:bowser
Service type:filesys
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\bowser

Default Behavior

The Browser Support Driver service is a file system driver. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. If Browser Support Driver fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the bowser service hasn't been started.


All the services listed below will not start if Browser Support Driver is disabled:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Browser Support Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config bowser start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The bowser service is using the bowser.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 8 installation media.