How to Turn on Apple Bonjour

by Steve Gregory
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Installing certain applications, such as Apple iTunes or the Safari Web browser, on your computer also automatically installs the Bonjour service. Under normal circumstances, Bonjour continually runs in the background to help applications -- such as iTunes -- connect to resources on your network. If you receive a message from Windows stating that the service is not running, your applications that use Bonjour will not be able to connect to shared resources. Turn the service back on using the Task Manager or Computer Management utility in Windows.

Task Manager

Step 1

Point your cursor to either corner on the right side of your desktop.

Step 2

Select the "Search" charm to open the Search bar.

Step 3

Type "task manager" in to the Search bar.

Step 4

Select "Task Manager" from the results list to open the Task Manager window.

Step 5

Click "More Details" and click the "Services" tab.

Step 6

Scroll through the list until you find "Bonjour Service."

Right-click on "Bonjour Service" and select "Start."

Computer Management Utility

Step 1

Move your cursor to the bottom left corner of the desktop to display the Start menu thumbnail.

Step 2

Right-click on the thumbnail and select "Control Panel."

Step 3

Click "System and Security" and then select "Administrative Tools" to open the Administrative Tools window.

Step 4

Double-click "Computer Management" to open the Computer Management window.

Step 5

Double-click "Services and Applications" and then double-click "Services."

Step 6

Double-click "Bonjour Service" from the list of services to open the Bonjour Services Properties window.

Click the "Start" button in the Service Status section on the General tab and then click "OK."


  • Information in this article applies to Windows 8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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About the Author

An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.

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