Windows 10: What is Bonjour Service? (Explained)

There are multiple services running on the operating system, these services are important in order to run the Windows 10 operating system properly. Some users noticed that a service named “Bonjour Service” is running in their Task Manager and they are completely unknown to it.

What Is Bonjour Service? (explained)

Mind you, Bonjour Service is not a virus or any malware data file, and it is completely safe to have on your system. In fact, there are plenty of services just like it which might be unknown to you and keep running the background in Windows 10 operating system. In this article, we will discuss everything that you need to know about Bonjour Service and more.

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What Is Bonjour Service? (explained)

What is Bonjour Service on Windows 10?

Bonjour Service is related to the Bonjour Application which is developed and designed by Apple Inc. You will get to see this service built-in with Apple’s OS X and iOS operating systems. Bonjour Service will help you to discover and connect to the Apple devices with each other over the same local area network. Moreover, the file is originally called Apple Rendezvous which runs in the background and other applications and the programs use it to make a communication that allows a user to set up a network without worrying about the complex configurations known as zeroconfig (zero-configuration) network.

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You will get to see Bonjour Service on the following operating system:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10

Also, Bonjour Service contributes more in:

  • File-sharing
  • Discovering devices like printers
  • Finding shared photos and music in iTunes and iPhoto
  • Communicating with multiple clients in apps like Adobe Systems Creative Suite 3, iChat, etc
  • Finding local servers and configurtin pages in Safri browser
  • Able to manage liscencse in software like SolidWorks and PhotoView 360
  • Finding collaborators for specific document in SubEthaEdit

Here, we suggest you use this service only when you use an Apple device, Adobe Creative Suite, and Dassault System’s Solidworks on your Windows 10 operating system which needs Bonjour Service to run as it supposes to be. Else, you can disable to turn off the Bonjour Service without having any trouble.

Turn Off Bounjour Service on Windows 10

Here, we will just turn off the Bonjour Service and not removing it completely from the Windows 10 PC. Here’s how to turn off the service:

Step 1: Press Windows + R to open the Run box.

Step 2: Type services.msc in the Run box and press OK.

Step 3: The Services windows will open up showing you all the stopped and running services of the Window 10 operating system. Scroll down and search Bonjour Service and do a right-click and select Properties.

What Is Bonjour Service? (explained)

Step 4: In the Properties tab, just select the Stop button under Service status.

Step 5: Also, keep Startup type to Disable, click on Apply, and Ok.

What Is Bonjour Service? (explained)

Now the Bonjour service will not turn on or enable on its own, but you can enable it whenever you need it.

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How to Uninstall Bonjour Service from Windows 10 PC?

Uninstalling or removing the Bonjour Service from your PC is easy, this can be done by using Control Panel.

Step 1: Visit the Start menu and open Settings.

Step 2: Type Control Panel, and open it.

Step 3: In the search bar of the Control Panel, type Programs, and Features and open it.

What Is Bonjour Service? (explained)

Step 4: Under the Programs and Features window, search Bonjour app.

Step 5: Do a right-click on the Bonjour app and select Uninstall.

What Is Bonjour Service? (explained)

Step 6: A prompt will appear asking you whether to uninstall Bonjour or not, just press Yes.

What Is Bonjour Service? (explained)

Also, we need to remove the unwanted file related to Bonjour programs that are left behind on your computer after you uninstall any program or an application.

Step 7: Open Windows File Explorer or press Windows + E to open it.

Step 8: Visit C:\Program Files\Bonjour path.

In some cases, the folder might be located in Windows Vista or Windows 7 x64 in the Program Files(x86) folder depending upon the system that you are using.

What Is Bonjour Service? (explained)

Step 9: Delete the whole folder or the files present in the folder.

Step 10: A prompt will appear asking you to restart your PC, just restart your PC.

And the files will get removed completely after a restart, but if any pop-up windows continue to appear even after a restart then follow the steps mentioned below where we will use Command Prompt.

  1. Do a right click on the Start menu and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the Command Prompt window,  type the address (\Program Files\Bonjour) and press enter.
  3. Type mDNResponder.exe -remove and press enter to execute the command line.
  4. Once done, you should be able to see confirmation message Removed Service.
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Alternate Method to remove Bonjour

  • Type the following command into the Command Prompt
    • “%PROGRAMFILES%\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe” -removeWhat Is Bonjour Service? (explained)
  • Unregister the mdnsNSP.dll file by typing the following command
    • regsvr32 /u “%PROGRAMFILES%\Bonjour\mdnsNSP.dll”What Is Bonjour Service? (explained)
  • Now restrat your system.

That’s it for now, hope this helps! We are glad to know your thoughts in the comment section below. Till then, stay tuned for more info.

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