Apple releases Bonjour for Windows 1.0.3

Apple has released Bonjour for Windows 1.0.3. Bonjour, also known as zero-configuration networking, enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Bonjour uses industry standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically discover each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers.

Bonjour for Windows 1.0.3 requires Windows 2000/2003 or Windows XP. Make sure you have the latest Service Pack installed for your computer using Windows Update.

Bonjour is a networking protocol that sends and receives network packets on UDP port 5353. If you have a firewall enabled, you will need to ensure that UDP port 5353 is open for Bonjour to work correctly. Certain firewalls will only partially block Bonjour packets, so if you experience intermittent behavior, check the firewall settings and verify that Bonjour is listed as an exception and is allowed to receive incoming packets. Bonjour will configure the Windows firewall appropriately during installation on Windows XP Service Pack 2 and above.

Installing Bonjour: Double-click the Bonjour installer and follow the onscreen instructions. If Java is not present at the time of installation and you decide to install Java at a later date, you will need to do a Repair install of Bonjour for Windows in order to get the proper Java Bonjour libraries. To do a Repair install, go to the “Add or Remove Programs” Control Panel, select Bonjour from the list and click “Change/Remove”. Then choose “Repair” and follow the onscreen instructions.

Bonjour for Windows includes a plugin to discover advertised HTTP servers using Internet Explorer. Click the Bonjour icon in the Internet Explorer toolbar to enable Bonjour browsing. If you have Bonjour devices on your local network with embedded HTTP (Web) servers, they will appear in the list.

The Bonjour Printer Wizard is also included and allows Windows computers to print to Bonjour networked printers, including USB shared printers connected to the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express Base Stations. Since Apple first launched Bonjour in 2002, every major maker of network printers has adopted Bonjour. With the Bonjour Printer Wizard, computers using Windows can also experience the benefits of effortlessly discovering and printing to these Bonjour printers.

Known Issues:
A small number of Virtual Private Network (VPN) clients interfere with Bonjour. If you find that you can no longer discover network services or print to Bonjour shared printers, try logging out of VPN. The Bonjour Printer Wizard will only discover printers being shared by the Mac OS X “Printer Sharing” feature when the Macintosh is running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later.

Bonjour is commonly installed by third-party software to provide zero-configuration networking capabilities to various applications. If your version of Bonjour does not include the IE plugin or Printer Wizard mentioned above, and you would like these features, you can download the complete Bonjour for Windows package from Apple’s web site by visiting: http://www.apple.com/bonjour/

More info and download link for Bonjour for Windows 1.0.3 Update (14.2MB) here.

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36 Comments

  1. Yeah, I’m starting not to read the articles very closely.

    When odd words are highlighted and double underlined, its disconcerting.

    At least the comments are not mucked up, just the MDN content.

  2. Tommy Boy said: “Okay, those CSS ads are starting to freak me out.”

    ditto here – *** MDN, please lose these !! ***
    they add ZERO value to us readers and serve only to annoy (and make us want to read the Mac news elsewhere than your otherwise excellent site). oh, and the pages seem to load so slowly now, too…

    seriously, by comparison a bucketful of spam in the inbox is FAR less annoying

    magic word: trouble – as in these new ads are TROUBLE !

  3. I agree. If you are going to do ads in the copy the least you could do is remove some of the banner ads.

    Isn’t this what Micro$oft was doing with “smart” tags until web developers started adding code in the header of pages to get rid of the Micro$oft tags?

  4. Just keep the gates stuff well away from my macs . . . stevie must have a cunning plan for all this support for the shite that is windows. I hope it works.
    2 new switchers over the Easter weekend . . . oh yes!

  5. To get rid of the underlines and the popups as well as other banners it’s surprising the power SafariBlock has. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Just put a filter in to block “*.intelitext.com*” and it’s gone now.

  6. rasterbator
    Just by chance I had my iBook in my car as I went for a meal at a friends house. We had finished scoffing and drinking some very nice wine (planned to leave the car and get a taxi home!) My host’s wife mentioned that she had done something on her Mac, I said, you use a Mac then, she said, I love Macs, I said, me too and and released the second button on my shirt to expose my apple logo on my t-shirt.
    Well the conversation exploded with all the usual “windows is the de facto OS system” from the lemmings but me and my new Mac buddy decided to show them OSX.4 on my little iBook.
    When you show people the beautiful simplicity of OSX, they melt.
    We had the old chestnuts …. expensive . . . . my wife pays £200 a year to keep a stupid windows box alive for our kids education. etc. etc. You know all the other ones.
    I also mentioned that if they have any problem with a Mac, the Mac community will sort it.
    And finally, I said how many people can undo a shirt button and expose a microsoft logo!

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