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Should I remove Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #699
United States Rank #841
Reach 0.9799%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.93 days
647.00 days >
Average installed length: 339.95 days


10.4.6000.29 0.07%
10.3.5500.0 35.21%
10.3.5416.0 0.01%
10.2.4000.0 1.49%
10.2.3798.0 0.01%
10.1.2531.0 54.25%
10.1.2520.0 0.01%
10.0.1600.22 8.92%
10.0.1442.32 0.03%
10.0.1075.23 0.02%

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser

What is Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser?

The SQL Server Browser program runs as a Windows service. SQL Server Browser listens for incoming requests for Microsoft SQL Server resources and provides information about SQL Server instances installed on the computer. SQL Server Browser can be configured during setup or by using SQL Server Configuration Manager. By default, the SQL Server Browser service starts automatically.


The most common release is 10.1.2531.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named sqlbrowser.exe. The setup package generally installs about 61 files and is usually about 5.15 MB (5,396,480 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/sqlserver
Help link: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90959
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{C688457E-03FD-4941-923B-A27F4D42A7DD}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 5.15 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser

Program executable:sqlbrowser.exe
Name:Microsoft SQL Server
SQL Browser Service EXE
Path:C:\Program Files\microsoft sql server\90\shared\sqlbrowser.exe
he SQL Server Browser program runs as a Windows service. SQL Server Browser listens for incoming requests for Microsoft SQL Server resources and provides information about SQL Server instances installed on the computer.
Additional files:
  • msmdredir.dll - Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services
  • atl80.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 (ATL Module for Windows (Unicode))
  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • mfc80.dll - MFCDLL Shared Library - Retail Version
  • MFC80CHS.DLL - MFC Language Specific Resources
  • mfc80u.dll
  • msvcp80.dll - Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library
  • msvcr80.dll - Microsoft® C Runtime Library
  • AXSCPHST.DLL - Microsoft SQL Server (AxScriptHost - Active Scripting Host for SQL)
  • AXSCPHST90.DLL - AxScriptHost90 - Active Scripting Host for SQL
  • DISTRIB.exe - SQL Server Replication Distribution Agent
  • instapi.dll - SQL Server Instance API DLL
  • instapi10.dll
  • mergetxt.dll - SQL Server Text Merge Resolver
  • Microsoft.SqlServer.Replication.BusinessLogicSupport.dll - Replication Business Logic Support Library
  • microsoft.sqlserver.types.dll - SQL Server Spatial Types Assembly
  • microsoft.sqlserver.types.resources.dll - Räumliche SQL Server-Assembly
  • msgprox.dll - SQL Server Merge Replication Message Provider
  • rdistcom.dll - SQL Server Replication Distribution Library
  • REPLAGNT.dll - SQL Server Replication Agent Library
  • REPLDP.dll - SQL Server Replication Internal Distributor Provider
  • repldts.dll - SQL Server Replication OLEDB provider Library for DTS
  • replerrx.dll - Microsoft SQL Replication Errors Control 10.0
  • replisapi.dll - SQL Server Merge Replication Listener
  • replmerg.exe - SQL Server Replication Merge Agent
  • replprov.dll - SQL Server Merge Replication Provider
  • replrec.dll - SQL Server Merge Replication Reconciler
  • replsub.dll - SQL Server Replication Subscriber Provider
  • replsync.dll - SQL Server Replication Synchronization Manager Handler
  • snapshot.exe - Snapshot Agent
  • spresolv.dll - SQL Server Replication Stored Procedure Merge Resolver
  • sqlbrowser_keyfile.dll - SQL Server Patch KeyFile
  • sqldistx.dll - Microsoft SQL Distribution Control 9.0
  • sqldumper.exe - SQL External minidumper
  • sqlmergx.dll - Microsoft SQL Merge Control 9.0
  • sqlresld.dll - SQL Enterprise Manager Resource DLL Loader
  • sqlresld90.dll
  • sqlsysclrtypes_keyfile.dll
  • sqlvdi.dll - Microsoft SQL Server Virtual Device Interface
  • sqlwep.dll - WMI Event Provider for SQL Server
  • sqlwep100.dll
  • ssradd.dll - SQL Server Additive Conflict Resolver
  • ssravg.dll - SQL Server Averaging Conflict Resolver
  • ssrdown.dll - SQL Server Download Only Resolver
  • ssrmax.dll - SQL Server Maximum/Latest Conflict Resolver
  • ssrmin.dll - SQL Server Minimum Conflict Resolver
  • ssrpub.dll - SQL Server Subscriber Always Wins Conflict Resolver
  • ssrup.dll - SQL Server Upload Only Resolver
  • tablediff.exe - Replication Table Diff Tool
  • xmlsub.dll - XML Subscriber
  • custsat.dll - custsat

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • sqlbrowser.exe runs as a service named 'SQL Server Browser' (SQLBrowser) "Provides SQL Server connection information to client computers.".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • sqlbrowser.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlbrowser.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:12.23 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000149173%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00000541%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000951%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser?

You can uninstall Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win 10 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.59%
Windows 10 21.75%
Windows XP 3.96%
Windows Vista 3.61%
Windows Server 2003 0.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.51%
Windows 7 Professional 17.48%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.46%
Windows 8.1 4.16%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.99%
Windows 10 Home 3.83%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.90% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.90%
  Germany 5.42%
  United Kingdom 4.12%
  France 3.22%
  Canada 2.84%
  India 2.70%
  Italy 2.55%
  Iran 1.74%
  Brazil 1.72%
  Netherlands 1.64%
  Israel 1.28%
  Mexico 1.25%
  Australia 1.21%
  Japan 1.21%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 25.38%
Hewlett-Packard 25.08%
Acer 13.40%
ASUS 10.52%
Toshiba 5.78%
Sony 4.22%
Lenovo 3.84%
Samsung 3.38%
Intel 1.83%
MSI 0.68%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.29%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.17%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.74%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.58%
Sony VPCCW21FX 2.78%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.60%

About Microsoft

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Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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