Disabling "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" and "Client for Microsoft Networks"

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  1. spaceman5

    spaceman5

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    Hi all


    I am using Windows XP Professional, SP3.

    Several years ago, I went to Control Panel -> Network Connections,
    Rightclicked my NIC there for the LAN, and chose Properties.

    In the List with the Checkbox, I removed the "V" from the following 2 lines:
    - File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
    - Client for Microsoft Networks


    Are there also relevant Services that I should disable?
    (Does each of the above 2 lines have its own separate service, or is it one service for both of them?)


    Thank you very much
     
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    Borg

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    Actually, there is a lot of stuff you should Disable and/or uninstall.
    Those 2 can be uninstalled (best way) unless of course you use them.

    You can also disable 'TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper' service as well.
     
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    Hi Borg

    Thank you very much for your reply.


    Yes, I completely don't use them.

    When I need to transfer files, I use proprietary programs, like FTP or others.
    I don't use Micrisoft's Networking at all.



    Where should I do the uninstallation for them?
    Is it the "Add/Remove Windows Components" section?

    Is there maybe a list of what's recommendeed to uninstall from there?
     
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    red Guest

    always best to use the add and remove option this way you wont remove anything that will be needed in other system files, and end up searching the net for days to find it gl

    long live xp:)
     
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    Borg

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    No No.. First, go to networking.. and right click on microsoft network client... and click uninstall.. same about printer.. once done.. dont reboot
    go to services.. and disable netbios helper.. then reboot
    and you are done

    Uninstall? dunno about XP... in Win2003 there is pretty much not nothing to uninstall.
    But, there is quite a lot of services that can be disabled :)
     
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    Thank you very much Borg


    Oh, you mean here...

    [​IMG]

    So it's safe to click the Uninstall button on these 2?

    BTW, is the QoS Packet Scheduler needed, or I can Uninstall it too?

    [​IMG]

    ("rate of flow" and "prioritization" sound like things that are useful, and not related to Microsoft Networks..
    so maybe I should leave it installed)




    When I go to Start -> Programs -> Administrative Tools - Services,
    he list does not have a NetBIOS item...
    Maybe it's under another name?
     
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    Borg

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    Yes, its safe to uninstall those 2.
    Leave QoS Packet Scheduler.. If anything, you can uncheck it..

    As for service, dunno about WinXP.. I think its still there..
    Here how it looks like on Win2003:

    [​IMG]
     

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    OK Great,
    I uninstalled these 2 successfully.

    Thank you very much.


    Oh..
    Yes, I have a "TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper" service.
    It's with that same name on XP, 7, and probably all the rest.

    So I will disable it now.


    BTW, I also have a Windows 7 machine, and a Windws 10 machine,
    I uninstalled these 2 network components from the Windows 7 machine too, and it went well there,
    but when going to the Windows 10 machine, trying to uninstall them gives an error with a specific Error Number.

    Searching that Error Number in google, gives this explanation:


    [​IMG]


    Seems like from Windows 10 it's not possible to Uninstall them anymore.
     
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    Borg

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    Hhaha.. yeah.. welcome to brand new M$ world... They know better what you need.
     
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    :)

    BTW,
    On windows 7 and above,
    there's also 2 "Link Layer Topology Discovery" componentsw there - a Mapper and a Responder.

    [​IMG]


    After reading about it, it's recommended to Disable (and Uninstall) both of them too.
     
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