Those who have just upgraded from windows 7 or 8 to windows 10, complain about a common problem: they can’t see other computers on their network. Sometimes even users of Windows 10 previous versions face the same problem.
While operating Windows 10 for the first time, the previous Windows 7 or 8 users find out that the Homegroup option they used to connect to other computers is no longer available. Microsoft has removed the Homegroup system in their Windows 10 1803 version. So how can you see which computers are connected on your network?
That’s easy. Go to the File Folder and on the bottom of the left navigation bar, there is an option named Network. Click on it and you should find all the computers that are linked to your network.
However, for the new Windows 10 converts, nothing comes up under the Network path, right? Instead, on top of the menu, it says file sharing is turned off.
Most often, this trouble occurs because of some incorrect settings on your network configuration. So, how to solve this issue?
How to See Other Computers on Network in Windows 10?
The solution is quite an easy process. You just have to make a few clicks here and there. There are several ways to fix it. We will be talking about some of them to help you.
1.Restarting the PC:
According to many reports, restarting the computer has solved the issue for them. May be the system that runs this network was corrupted and restarting the pc solved it. It might take a few restarts to finally being able to see other computers on network though.
- Go to the Start menu > Shut down your pc.
- Now if you are using Ethernet for your internet connection, unplug the Ethernet cable from the pc. Give it a few minutes of rest before you plug it back in. Also, restart your router.
- After a while plug the Ethernet cable and power on your pc. Check the Network on your file folder whether you can see other computers on your network.
If you can’t see, there is nothing to be worried about. We have other solutions for you.
2.Turning on Network Discovery:
The root of your problem might be that the network visibility of your pc is turned off. In that case you have to turn it on.
- Go to the Start menu > search Settings > Network and Internet
- Inside here, make sure your Ethernet is set on the private network. If it is set on the public network, you won’t be able to share your files or printer with other computers that are linked to your network. If you are connected to Wi-Fi, check if the Wi-Fi status is private.
To set the private mood, click on the Ethernet on the left bar > then Network on the right.
Click on the Private to enable private mood.
- Again go to the Status on the left bar > click on the Sharing options under Change your network settings on the right.
- Here, click on the Turn on network discovery and Turn on file and printer sharing if they are turned off.
- Next go to the All Networks Make sure the password protected sharing is turned off. At the same time, enable public folder sharing. Unless these options are all enabled, you can’t see any computers on your network. Remember to hit Save changes.
3.Checking if Certain Services are Enabled:
There are certain services that are crucial for your neighborhood computers to be displayed properly on your network. Let’s have a look.
- Go to the Start menu from your desktop > write Services
- Find out if these services are running: DNS Client, Function Discovery Provider Host, Function Discovery Resource Publication, SSDP Discovery, Server, UPnP Device Host and Workstation. You can see if they are disabled or running in this page.
If one of the mentioned services is not running, select it, right click your mouse and go to Properties. Click the drop down arrow under Startup Type > select Automatic. Hit Apply > then Start > Ok.
If a service Startup Type is Manual, you can keep it as it is- your choice.
4.Enabling SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support:
SMB 1.0/CIFS is a default feature of Windows 10 that supports files or printers sharing of the users. In order for you to connect to other computers, SMB 1.0/CIFS has to be enabled. Without it, there will be no file sharing. So, what you have to do is,
- Go to the Start menu of Windows 10 desktop. Type in turn windows features on or off in the search box. Click on the desired result.
- Scroll down until you find SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support. Click on the check box to turn it on. Click the ‘+’ box beside the check box to make sure all features under SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support are turned on as well. Don’t forget it in any way. Press Ok.
- After the changes are applied, Windows will ask your permission to restart the computer. If you restart it, you should find your computer done with your desired changes.
5.Making changes on Windows Firewall:
Windows Firewall is a security application of Windows that filters all data approaching your set-up. When you install it for the first time, you might find your networks blocked. Therefore, go to the Firewall and make sure there aren’t anything blocked.
There are also some applications there to help you if all these changed settings can’t be of help to you. First though, try the setting changes.
After making the necessary changes, go back to your file folder and check if all the computers on your connection are there. They should be visible now.
WAIT! There is more. Before you start sharing things, make all the changes that you made to your computer to all the other computers that are linked in your network. Otherwise, you will find that you can’t share files between your networks.
Windows allows you to share files, photos, movies, printers and many other things you want by letting you connect to other computers using the same network. You might face trouble sharing files from time to time even if you are not a new Windows 10 user. Don’t panic. Apply the solutions we have discussed here. Hopefully, they will be able to help you.