Solved Computers not seeing each other on the network

October 15, 2018 at 17:45:48
Specs: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 2 GHz / 4GB
I have three computers on my home wireless network. One runs Windows 10 Pro, the other two are Windows 10 Home. None of the computers can see any other computers on the network. Each computer sees itself, the network and a wireless printer.

For each computer, Control Panel => Network and Internet => Network and Sharing Center => Advanced sharing settings in the “Private (current profile)” section => “Network discovery” section, the “Turn on network discovery” option is selected and the “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices” box is checked.

In the “File and printer sharing” section of the same window, “Turn on file and printer sharing” is selected. Printer sharing appears to work. File sharing is my goal and might work if the computers could be enabled to see each other on the network.

What do I need to do so that the computers can see each other on the network?

Steve


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October 17, 2018 at 21:13:35
No mater how you see the shared folders, you should be able to use that to place a shortcut on your desktops and use that.
I know it should be easier than that and there maybe another around soon that has more networking experience with Windows 10 but this work-around should work for you, at least for now.

To use the search you already clicked on the start button. If you note, you get the shut down option as well as others.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
October 15, 2018 at 21:17:56
First they need to be on the same work group.
Even though File and Print Sharing is turned on, you still have to designate at least one folder on one or all machines as Share. I recommend not sharing everything like Documents, etc. but make a new folder on each machine and right click on it, select Properties and the Share tab. Select Share this folder and allow specific other users rights to Read and Write so they can access and save files.
This protects other personal files and still allows sharing when needed.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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October 16, 2018 at 12:03:20
Hello Fingers, thanks for the advice. I have implemented your advice on a laptop and a desktop computer.

The desktop sees the laptop on the network, but the laptop does not see the desktop.

The settings in Control Panel => System and Security => System are the same on both computers. The sharing properties of the shared folders are the same on both computers.

Any idea as to why one computer can see the other but not vice versa?

Steve


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October 16, 2018 at 15:03:02
If you click the Start button and type 'My Computer' and select 'My PC" and click on the word 'Network' on the left side, it should search for anything showing on the network, this should show each computer as well and any share folders. Are you able to see them there? If you see the share folder on the other computer, you can right click on it and select>New>Shortcut>place shortcut on desktop and you will have access directly to your share folders.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
October 16, 2018 at 17:12:16
I'm don't know where to find the Start button on a Windows 10 machine.

If I enter "my computer" into the search bar at the lower left of the screen, I can select This PC from the presented list. That selection brings up File Explorer. "Network" is on the left near the bottom of the window. Clicking on Network displays the host computer and the all-in-one networked printer. Other computers are not displayed.

I've lost ground in that neither computer now sees the other on the network.

Here's something that works but is less convenient than I'd like: On the desktop, in File Explorer's entry field, enter the name of the laptop like this: \\DESKTOP-REAP91 and hit ENTER. File Explorer will display the shared folders on the laptop. The same technique works on the laptop by entering the name of the desktop computer.

So the two computers can find each other on the network but neither will display the other in File Explorer => Network. What must one do to get File Explorer => Network to display the other computers on the network?

Steve


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October 17, 2018 at 12:04:19
I'm don't know where to find the Start button on a Windows 10 machine

It's at the very bottom left corner of the screen - shaped like a "Window".

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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October 17, 2018 at 21:13:35
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No mater how you see the shared folders, you should be able to use that to place a shortcut on your desktops and use that.
I know it should be easier than that and there maybe another around soon that has more networking experience with Windows 10 but this work-around should work for you, at least for now.

To use the search you already clicked on the start button. If you note, you get the shut down option as well as others.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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October 20, 2018 at 08:22:49
Thanks Derek. I didn't know that was the START button.

And thanks Fingers. I am able to use the desktop shortcut method.

Appreciate the help from both of you.

Steve


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