Solved How to network Windows 10 computers on a LAN?

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February 11, 2019 at 02:22:27
Specs: Windows 10, i7 / 32GB Ram
I’ve spent allot of time researching and attempting to link Windows 10 computers on my Local Area Network (LAN).

Following the directions of others, I have ensured that if you go to SETTINGS and then NETWORK AND INTERNET (NETWORK STATUS) you should then:
1. Click SHARING OPTIONS.
2. Ensure NETWORK DISCOVERY and PRINTER SHARING are on [ I did this for both PUBLIC and PRIVATE]
3. ALL NETWORKS – I turned off PASSWORD PROTECTED SHARING and ALLOWED Media Streaming Options for ALL
4. I then saved this and exited.
5. In all PCs I then went to the local drive and right clicked GIVE ACCESS TO ADVANCED SHARING
6. I then went to SECURITY and allowed full access to the group EVERYONE
7. I then clicked SHARING and ADVANCED SHARING to share the appropriate folder or drive.

After doing this – Some of the computers are always there under NETWORK in FILE EXPLORER while others are not.

This seems to be a pervasive problem in Windows 10. How do I solve it? I see tons of complaints on line about this very subject. Microsoft seems to have blown it or have I?


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February 13, 2019 at 13:06:11
If all of the computers can access all of the other computers if you're going by IP, then you've hit the Windows 10 home sharing bug that Microsoft apparently can't be bothered to fix.

The workaround is to give all machines static IPs, add those IPs and PCs to a hosts file, and copy that hosts file to each PC.

Microsoft doesn't care because the customers they do care about, other businesses, are probably going to be using DNS for name resolution, so they will never encounter this issue.

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#1
February 11, 2019 at 17:02:51
Did you either make sure that all computers are on the same Workgroup name or use the Homegroup options?

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


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February 12, 2019 at 02:08:04
The Workgroup for all Windows 10 computers is set up as WORKGROUP. My undertsanding is that Homegroup is now "broken" in Windows 10 for security reasons. Here's an interesting article about what others have tried - and what the issues are: https://www.ghacks.net/2018/04/17/f... Not sure where to go from here.

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February 13, 2019 at 12:31:07
Just a follow-up. There does not appear to be a solution that I have been able to find.

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#4
February 13, 2019 at 13:06:11
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If all of the computers can access all of the other computers if you're going by IP, then you've hit the Windows 10 home sharing bug that Microsoft apparently can't be bothered to fix.

The workaround is to give all machines static IPs, add those IPs and PCs to a hosts file, and copy that hosts file to each PC.

Microsoft doesn't care because the customers they do care about, other businesses, are probably going to be using DNS for name resolution, so they will never encounter this issue.

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#5
February 13, 2019 at 13:29:30
I will give this a try.

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February 14, 2019 at 07:04:44
I decided to use another program called: "Advanced IP Scanner". This program allows me to access all items on my network - including the Win10 computer hard drives I have set up under "advanced sharing". Since this is only an occasional issue, it seemed the easiest to implement. I appreciate the excellent heads up on "HOSTS" however.

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