Windows XP TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service




Article by Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience)


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Below is a description of this Windows XP service:


# Service Name:


# Service Description:

Provides support for the NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) service and NetBIOS name resolution for clients on the network, therefore enabling users to share files, print, and log on to the network. If this service is stopped, these functions might be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

# Default Settings:

Default setting in Windows XP Professional: Automatic
Default setting in Windows XP Home: Automatic

# This Windows service logs on as:

Local System

# The default path for this Windows service is:

%systemroot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService

# This Windows service depends on the following system components:

AFD > NetBios over Tcpip > TCP/IP Protocol Driver > IPSEC driver

# The following services have a dependency on this service:


Marc Says:

NetBIOS is an ageing networking protocol created by IBM in 1983. It is used less and less in today’s networked environments. NetBIOS has not routing abilities over a wide area network (WAN) and so the TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service was created to provide this ability.

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Marc Liron

Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP