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Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

Sharing files with other PCs connected to the same network has become a lot easier than before. Earlier, one would either upload the files to the cloud and share the download link or physically copy the files in a removable storage media such as a USB drive and pass it on. However, these ancient methods are no longer required as your files can now be shared via a few easy clicks using the network file sharing functionality in Windows 10. Having said that, you may often find it difficult to connect to other Windows PCs in the same network. We will be explaining several methods to fix computers not showing up on network & Windows 10 network sharing not working issues in this article.

Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

How to Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

Computers not showing up on network is a common issue while trying to connect with other PCs. If you are also having this problem then, do not worry! You can check out our guide on How to Setup Network Files Sharing on Windows 10 to learn to connect to other PCs in your network and share files.

Error message of Computers not showing up on Network. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

Reasons for Windows 10 Network Sharing Not Working Issue

This problem primarily arises when:

  • you try to add a new PC to your network.
  • you reset your PC or network sharing settings entirely.
  • new Windows updates (Versions 1709, 1803 & 1809) are bug-ridden.
  • network discovery settings are incorrectly configured.
  • network adapter drivers are corrupt.

Method 1: Enable Network Discovery and File Sharing

Issues with sharing files over a network are bound to occur if the network discovery feature is disabled in the first place. As the name suggests, this feature allows your PC to discover other PCs and devices connected to the same network.

Note: Network discovery is turned on, by default, for private networks like home & workplace networks. Also, it is disabled, by default, for public networks such as airports and cafes.

Hence, to resolve this issue, enable network discovery and file sharing through the following steps:

1. Press Windows + E keys simultaneously to open File Explorer.

2. Click on the Network in the left pane as shown.

Click Network item present on the left pane. The item is listed under This PC. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

3. If the File Sharing feature is disabled, an alert message will appear at the top of the window stating: File sharing is turned off. Some network computers & devices might not be visible. Click on change… Thus, click on the pop-up.

click on File sharing is turned off. Some network computers and devices might not be visible. Click to change... pop up

4. Next, select Turn on the network discovery and file sharing option, as depicted below.

Next, click Turn on network discovery and file sharing option. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

5. A dialog box inquiring Do you want to turn on network discovery and file sharing for all public networks? will pop up. Choose the appropriate option.

Note: You should steer away from enabling network discovery and file sharing for all public networks and only enable it if an absolute necessity arises. If you aren’t sure which option to choose, simply click on No, make the network that I am connected to a private network.

A dialog box inquiring if you would like to turn on network discovery and file sharing for all public networks will pop up. Choose the appropriate option. You should steer away from enabling network discovery & file sharing for public networks and only enable it if an absolute necessity arises. If you aren’t sure which option to choose, simply click on No, make the network that I am connected to a private network.

6. Refresh the Network page or reopen File Explorer. All the PCs connected to this network will be listed here.

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Method 2: Properly Configure Share Settings

Enabling network discovery will allow you to see other PCs.  However, you may encounter network sharing not working problems if the share settings aren’t set appropriately. Follow the below instructions carefully to fix computers not showing up on network issue.

1. Hit the Windows + I keys simultaneously to open Windows Settings.

2. Click on the Network & Internet settings, as shown.

click on Network and Internet in Windows Settings

3. Scroll down and click Network and Sharing Center under Advanced network settings on the right pane.

click on Sharing Options in the Network and Internet settings

4. Expand the Private (current profile) section and select Turn on network discovery.

5. Check the box titled Turn on automatic setup of network-connected devices, as depicted.

Open the Private current profile section and click Turn on network discovery and check Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices.

6. Next, select Turn on file and printer sharing feature to enable it in the File and printer sharing section.

Next, click Turn on file and printer sharing feature to enable. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

7. Now, expand the All Networks section.

8. Select Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in Public folders option for Public folder sharing as shown highlighted below.

Open All Networks drop down and under Public folder sharing, click Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in Public folders to enable.

9. Also select Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections(recommended) for File sharing connections

10. And choose Turn on password protected sharing option in Password protected sharing for additional security.

Note: If there are older devices in the network or yours is one, choose to Enable sharing for devices that use 40-bit or 56-bit encryption options instead.

Click Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections(recommended) And choose Turn on password protected sharing option for additional security. Note: If there are older devices in the network or yours is one, choose Enable sharing for devices that use 40-bit or 56-bit encryption option instead

11. Finally, click the Save changes button to bring them into effect, as shown.

Click Save Changes button to bring them into effect. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

Windows 10 network sharing not working problem should be solved now.

Note: If you trust all the devices in the network and would like everyone to access the files, feel free to choose to Turn off password-protected sharing in Step 10.

Also Read: How to Encrypt a Folder in Windows 10

Method 3: Enable Required Discovery Related Services

Function Discovery Provider Host and Function Discovery Resource Publication are two services responsible for making your PC visible or discoverable to other PCs & devices in the network. If the services have stopped running in the background or are glitching, you will experience problems with discovering other systems and with sharing of files. Follow the steps listed below to fix computers not showing up on network & Windows 10 network sharing not working issues by enabling the related services.

1. Hit Windows + R keys simultaneously to open Run dialog box.

2. Type services.msc and click on OK to open the Services application.

Type services.msc and click on OK to open the Services application.

3. Locate and find Function Discovery Provider Host service. Right-click on it and choose Properties, as shown.

Locate and find Function Discovery Provider Host. Right click on it and choose Properties

4. Under the General tab, select the Startup type as Automatic.

Under General tab, click Startup type menu and choose Automatic. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

5. Also, ensure that the Service status reads Running. If not, click on the Start button.

6. Click on Apply to save changes and click OK to exit, as depicted.

Also, ensure that the Service status reads Running if not, click on the Start button. Click on Apply to save and click OK to exit.

7. Next, right-click on Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) service and choose Properties, as earlier.

Right click on Function Discovery Resource Publication FDResPub service and choose Properties. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

8. In the General tab, click Startup type: drop-down and choose Automatic (Delayed Start), as illustrated below.

In General tab, click Startup type drop down and choose Automatic Delayed Start. Restart the service and save. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

9. Click on Apply > OK to save the changes.

10. Similarly, set the Startup types of SSDP Discovery and UPnP Device Host services to Manual as well.

set startup type to manual for SSDP Discovery service properties

11. Click on Apply > OK to save individual changes and lastly, restart your Windows 10 desktop/laptop.

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Method 4: Enable SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support

Server Message Block or SMB is the protocol or set of rules that determine how data is transmitted. It is used by Windows 10 operating systems to transfer files, share printers, and communicate with one another. While the jury is still out on the use of SMB 1.0 and protocols are considered secure, switching on the feature might hold the key to solving computers not showing up on network problem at hand.

1. Click on Start and type Control Panel, click Open in the right pane

Type Control Panel in the Start menu and click Open on the right pane.

2. Set View by > Large icons and click on the Programs and Features option.

Click on the Programs and Features item.

3. On the left pane, click on the Turn Windows features on or off as shown.

On the left pane, click on the Turn Windows features on or off link.

4. Scroll down and locate SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support. Ensure the box next to is checked.

Scroll down and locate SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support. Ensure the box next to is checked.

5. Check the boxes for all the given sub-items shown highlighted:

  • SMB 1.0/CIFS Automatic Removal
  • SMB 1.0/CIFS Client
  • SMB 1.0/CIFS Server

Check the boxes for all the sub items. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

6. Click on Ok to save and exit. Reboot the system if requested.

Click on Ok to save and exit.

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Method 5: Allow Network Discovery Through Firewall

Windows Defender Firewall and unnecessarily strict antivirus programs are often the culprits behind several connectivity issues. The Firewall, in particular, is designated to the task of regulating connectivity & network requests sent to and fro from your PC. You will need to manually allow the Network Discovery functionality through it to view other network computers and resolve Windows 10 network sharing not working issue. This can be done in two ways.

Option 1: Through Windows Settings

Follow the steps below to allow network discovery through Windows Firewall via Settings app:

1. Press Windows + I to open Settings and click on Update & Security, as shown.

open Settings and click on Update and Security

2. Navigate to the Windows Security tab and click on Firewall & network protection in the right pane.

Navigate to Windows Security tab and click on Firewall and network protection item. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

3. In the following Window, click on Allow an app through the firewall as depicted.

In the following Window, click on Allow an app through firewall.

4. Next, click the Change Settings button to unlock the Allowed apps and features list and make modifications to it.

Next, click on the Change Settings button to unlock the Allowed apps and features list and make modifications to it.

5. Find Network Discovery and carefully check the box Private as well as Public columns pertaining to the feature. Then, click on OK.

Find Network Discovery and carefully check the box Private as well as Public columns pertaining to the feature. Click on OK.

Option 2: Through Command Prompt

You can avoid the above hassle of digging into multiple windows by simply executing the following line in Command Prompt & possibly, fix computers not showing up on network issue.

1. Hit the Windows key, type command prompt and click on Run as administrator, as shown.

Open Start and type Command Prompt, click on Run as Administrator on the right pane.

2. Type the given command and press the Enter key.

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=Yes

1A. You can avoid the above hassle of digging into multiple windows by simply executing the following line in the Command. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

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Method 6: Reset Network Settings

If all the above methods were followed accurately, you can be rest assured that network file sharing has been properly configured. Issues with the network itself may be prohibiting the computer from viewing other connected systems. In such cases, resetting all related items should fix Windows 10 network sharing not working issue. This too, can be achieved in two ways.

Option 1: Through Windows Settings

If you are more comfortable with graphical interfaces instead of command-line applications, then you can reset your network through Windows Settings, as follows:

1. Launch Windows Settings and navigate to Network & Internet.

Click on the Network & Internet tile.

2. Click on Network Reset > Reset Now button, as depicted.

click on Reset now in Network reset. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

Option 2: Through Command Prompt

Follow the given steps to reset network settings through Command Prompt:

1. Launch Command Prompt as Administrator as earlier.

Open Start and type Command Prompt, click on Run as Administrator on the right pane.

2. Execute the below set of commands one after the other.

netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns

Execute the below set of commands one after the other and restart your computer after executing the final one.

Method 7: Reinstall Network Driver

You can take the reset process a step further by reinstalling the network adapter drivers and letting Windows install the latest ones. Here’s how to fix computers not showing up on network by reinstalling your network driver:

1. Press the Windows key, type device manager and click on Open.

press windows key, type device manager, and click on Open

2. Double-click to expand Network adapters category.

3. Right-click on your network adapter driver (e.g. Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller) and choose Properties, as depicted.

Open Network adapters category. Right click on your network card and choose Properties.

4. Go to the Driver tab, click on Uninstall Device, as shown.

On the Driver tab, click on Uninstall Device. Confirm your action in the pop up. Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

5. Click on Uninstall in the confirmation prompt after checking the Delete the driver software for this device option.

6. Now, restart your PC.

7. Windows will install the drivers automatically when you restart. If not, click Action > Scan for hardware changes as illustrated below.

go to Action Scan for hardware changes

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Pro Tip: How to Access Other PCs in your Network

Before we get started with the solutions, if you are in a hurry and looking for a quick workaround to transfer files in Windows, then you can follow the given steps:

1. Press Windows + E keys together to launch File Explorer.

2. Go to Network and type \\ followed by the PC’s IP address in the File Explorer address bar.

For example: If the PC IP address is 192.168.1.108, type \\192.168.1.108 and press Enter key to access that computer.

type ip address and press enter to access that computer in Network.

Note: To find out the IP address, execute ipconfig in Command prompt and check Default Gateway address entry, shown highlighted.

Type ipconfig command and hit Enter

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How do I make my computer visible on a network?

Ans. To make your computer visible on the network, you will need to enable Network Discovery. Launch Control Panel and go to Network and Sharing Center > Change advanced sharing settings > Private > Turn on network discovery.

Q2. Why can’t I see all devices on my network?

Ans. You will be unable to see other devices on your network if network discovery is disabled, FDPHost, FDResPub, and other related services are malfunctioning, or there are issues with the network itself. Follow the solutions listed above to resolve it.

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Hopefully, computers not showing up on network issue in your Windows 10 system has now been resolved. Sharing files over the network can be a complicated process. Also, if you have any queries/suggestions regarding this article, then feel free to drop them in the comments section and do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you require any further assistance.

Fred

Thursday 20th of January 2022

This is a very comprehensive article. Thank you. It covers most of what I found scattered over many websites to get... and a couple things I didn't, until I found this page.

I have one PC (PC-01) driving me nuts in a local workgroup (6 total PCs, 2 running windows 7)

All the PCs can see PC-01 in explorer>Network, but when an open is attempted they get the error "You do not have permission to access \\PC-01 contact your network administrator." Advanced sharing has passwords turned off. Every other PC can see and connect to any of the others and read/write files between them. This PC-01 can see and connect to any of them all as well and read/write files. So its not a hardware or physical network issue.

This PC was working OK a few days ago running Windows 10 Pro for workstations (21H1). The only major event was installing McAfee A/V suite. (Removed that totally as one of my first troubleshooting steps),but no joy. Do you have any ideas? Here is where I'm at:

Sharing Checks I have tried (including a couple new ones you described)

Network Set to Private

Settings Advanced Network sharing. Network discovery ON File and printer sharing ON Sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folders ON Use 128-bit encryption to help protect files sharing connections ON Turn off password protected sharing ON

Firewall (windows) > Allowed Apps File and print sharing on for private networks File and print sharing over SMBDirect on for private networks Netlogon Service on for private networks Network Discovery on for private networks

Network related services. Services.msc Running Function Discovery Provider Host (FDPHost) Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) Network Connections (NetMan) Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRPSvc) Peer Networking Grouping (P2PSvc) Peer Networking Identity Manager (P2PIMSvc) Services tried running and tried not running SSDP Discovery UPnP Device Host (UPnPHost)

Windows Features. Appwiz.cpl Click on 'Turn Windows Features On or Off' (upper left side of pane). SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support. ON

network adapter Properties check Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) OFF Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) ON Properties>Advanced>WINS Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP ON

Regedit HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters\AllowInsecureGuestAuth set to 1