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How to hide my Windows 2003 server from the Microsoft Computer Browser service?

Last modified: October 7, 2022
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How To Hide Windows 2003 Server from Microsoft Computer Browser Service

Applies to :

  • Windows 2003 server.


To perform this task, you need to have :

  • Knowledge in accessing the server via Remote Desktop.
  • IP address or server hostname.
  • Your server Remote desktop username and password.


There is 2 way to prevents people on other network computers from seeing your server :

Editing the registry

Open the registry editor. From the desktop, click Start > Run

windows start run

Type regedit in the Run window, and click OK 

run command box

Go to:


registry editor parameters file

From the Edit menu, choose New > DWORD Value, then rename the new Value to Hidden.

Note: This value is case-sensitive and must begin with a capital H.

dword value

In the Data field, type 1 to enable hiding and choose OK.

Restart your server.

register editor hidden

Using the NET CONFIG SRV command

This setting can also be changed using the following command :

net config server /hidden:yes|no

To hide the computer from the Browser List, type net config server /hidden: yes at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

To unhide the computer from the Browser list, type net config server /hidden: no at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

Note: It may take up to 30 minutes for the server to disappear from the Browser lists.


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