How to reinstall the tcp/ip netbios helper

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How to reinstall the tcp/ip netbios helper
The NetBIOS TCP/IP helper enables computers to be browsed by name. (pc monitor image by Jorge Casais from

The NetBIOS helper for TCP/IP is a software service for Microsoft Windows that enables the computer to participate in older LAN Manager-based local area networks. With the NetBIOS helper enabled, computers using these older protocols are able to be browsed and searched based on their NetBIOS computer name instead of merely by their IP addresses. Sometimes this service becomes disabled, which prevents this computer name-based browsing and searching functionality from operating properly.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button, then click "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Double-click "Network Connections."

  3. 3

    Right-click "Local Area Connection" and click "Properties."

  4. 4

    Double-click "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)."

  5. 5

    Click the "Advanced" button.

  6. 6

    Click the "WINS" tab. Under "NetBIOS setting" choose "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP" and click "OK" three times.

  7. 7

    Restart the computer.

Tips and warnings

  • NetBIOS is considered a deprecated protocol, though it is still commonly used with Microsoft Windows networks.

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