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Windows networking how to share devices with others on the network

In Windows 10, some features of file and folder sharing over a network have changed, including the removal of HomeGroup. Read on for answers to common questions about other changes to file and folder sharing in Windows 10.

To share a file or folder in File Explorer, do one of the following:

Right-click or press a file, select Give access to > Specific people.

Windows networking how to share devices with others on the network

Select a file, select the Share tab at the top of File Explorer, and then in the Share with section select Specific people.

Windows networking how to share devices with others on the network

If you select multiple files at once, you can share them all in the same way. It works for folders, too—share a folder, and all files in it will be shared.

To stop sharing in File Explorer, do one of the following:

Right-click or press a file or folder, then select Give access to > Remove access.

Windows networking how to share devices with others on the network

Select a file or folder, select the Share tab at the top of File Explorer, and then in the Share with section select Remove access.

Windows networking how to share devices with others on the network

File Explorer shows the “Remove access” option (“Stop sharing” in older versions of Windows 10) for all files, even those that aren’t being shared over a network.

Open File Explorer, then type \\localhost into the address bar.

Note: When you’ve shared a file from a folder in your user profile and you go to \\localhost, you’ll see your user profile and all its files there. This doesn’t mean that all of your files are shared—just that you have access to all your own files.

If you open File Explorer, go to Network, and see an error message (“Network discovery is turned off….”), you’ll need to turn on Network discovery to see devices on the network that are sharing files. To turn it on, select the Network discovery is turned off banner, then select Turn on network discovery and file sharing.

Windows networking how to share devices with others on the network

To troubleshoot problems with sharing files or folders, follow the steps below on all computers from which you’re trying to share.

Make sure the computers are on the same network. For example, if your computers connect to the internet through a wireless router, make sure they all connect through the same wireless router.

If you’re on a Wi-Fi network, set it to Private. To find out how, read Make a Wi-Fi network public or private in Windows 10.

Turn on network discovery and file and printer sharing, and turn off password protected sharing.

Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet , and on the right side, select Sharing options.

Under Private, select Turn on Network discovery and Turn on file and printer sharing.

Under All Networks, select Turn off password protected sharing.

Make sharing services start automatically.

Press the Windows logo key + R.

In the Run dialog box, type services.msc, and then select OK.

Right-click each of the following services, select Properties, if they’re not running, select Start, and next to Startup type, select Automatic:

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Thank you for being a part of Windows 10.

I appreciate you for providing details about the issue and your effort towards resolving it.

I would like to know whether your system is connected to the Domain?

Try the following methods and check if it helps:

Method 1: Run the Network Adapter troubleshooter.

Follow the below steps:

1. Type troubleshooting in the search bar.

2. Select Troubleshooting.

3. Select View all on the top left corner.

4. Click on Network Adapter .

5. Follow the on-screen instructions to run the troubleshooter.

If the issue persists then follow the below method.

Method 2:

I would suggest you to manually update the Network adapters driver from the Device Manager.

Please refer to the following Wiki article created by Andre Da Costa on How to: Install and Update drivers in Windows 10.

Reference: Refer to the following Microsoft article on How do I fix network adapter problems?

Note: The steps for Windows 8.1 applies to Windows 10.

Reference: Refer to the following Microsoft article on No wireless networks are available after you upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.

Hope the above information helps. Reply with necessary information and the result to help you further.

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Thank You for replying so quickly. I tried all the methods listed above and these were the results:

Method 1 – Troubleshooter did find an error “IP address not assigned” and result from repair was “NOT Fixed”

How to install and update drivers in Windows 10

I tried to install drivers through device manager using automatic search options and response was that newest drivers are installed.

I tried to install drivers using “Browse my computer” and installed drivers from supplied CD, rebooted computer, 2nd adapter is still not assigned IP address and any connected devices are still not assigned IP addresses, nor can I manually add 2nd active network.

How Do I fix network adapter problems,

I followed all recommended “things to check” including replacing the adapter. Even after replacement, windows 10 refuses to assign IP addresses second WiFi adapter or the devices connected to it.

No networks available when upgrading from Win 8.1 to Win 10

I upgraded from Win 7 to 10, and I am not using Cisco or SonicWALL VPN, but I will try that if you think it might be an issue.

There is one additional thing that I tried that unfortunately didn’t work, I tried to use a second adapter on my Lenovo G505 laptop and encountered the same problem as the desktop, every wireless device sits indefinitely with “obtaining IP address” message, and when I go to “network and sharing center” there is no 2nd active network and no way to add one.

Win10 is not assigning an IPv4 or an IPv6 address to the 2nd adapter, nor will it allow me to add a new network manually. Does Win10 support the ALFA AWUS036H and the Realtek RT8187 chipset, or is there something I’m overlooking?

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Get Internet on any device by attaching it to your Windows 10 PC.

In many situations, you can connect all of your devices to the same Wi-Fi network so getting them online is no problem. But what happens when one of your devices doesn’t have access to the connection, either because there it doesn’t have Wi-Fi, there is no Wi-Fi or the access is restricted (as in a hotel that only allows one connection per room)? Fortunately, you can easily share your Internet connection in Windows 10 and you can do it over a direct Ethernet connection or by turning the host PC into a hotspot. The client device doesn’t even have to be running Windows.

The direct Ethernet solution comes in very handy when you have one device that has Wi-Fi helping another that doesn’t. Recently, I needed to share my Internet connection over Ethernet when I installed Ubuntu on a Raspberry Pi. The Pi has Wi-Fi, but I couldn’t get Ubuntu to support it out of the box so I just plugged my Raspberry Pi’s Ethernet port into an Ethernet-to-USB adapter, which I attached to my Windows laptop.

How to Share Your Internet in Windows Using Ethernet

1. Connect your client device to your host PC using an Ethernet cable. If either device doesn’t have a free Ethernet port, use a USB-to-Ethernet adapter.

2. Go to the Network Connections menu. The easiest way to get there is by searching for “Network Connections” in the Windows Search box.

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If you are using WiFi then any router in the area is broadcasting. The receiver in your computer can hear all of these broadcasts if they are close enough.

The computers are set up so you can move them and connect to any WiFi that you have the ID and login password if they are secured. If they are not secured you can access them without a password like hot spots at stores, restaurants, etc.

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When you say showing up my network Where are they showing? Is it in their list of networks?

When I look at available networks in Settings. Networks & Internet I see other networks around me. Most I know who they are.

I am sure that they see my network just like I can see theirs.

Since my router is secured they can not connect to my router unless I give them the pass code which I do not.

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Serious did you got to my youtube link and see the video. You are so quick respond but you don’t have time watch the youtube video that explain my question in more detail. Duh Also I don’t give out my password. Also my router set up so it has be in the list of allow on my network to be on my network. DUDE WATCH THE YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK I POSTED WATCH IT.

For further assistance, can you provide us a sample screenshot of the issue?

We’re looking forward to your reply.

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Here are the screen shots you are requesting for.

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Dude look at the pictures you can see no way some of those devices should not be on my network if you look at my router setting you only see four devices. Explain why a phone on my network thru windows 10 but it does not show up in my router information.

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Dude look at the pictures you can see no way some of those devices should not be on my network if you look at my router setting you only see four devices. Explain why a phone on my network thru windows 10 but it does not show up in my router information.

For further checking, we’d like to ask if the phone showing on your computer network is yours? If yes, how is it connected to your computer?

Technically, if we connect a mobile phone to the router via WiFi, it will show on the router’s Attached Devices tab. However, if we connect it via USB cable, it will just show on the computer network.

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I am hoping that somewhere out there may be able to assist with my problem as I have exhausted countless hours on the various Forums and in tweaking my system with no result to date.

The problem is that on my Home Network (Private) my main PC cannot “see” the other devices on the network. I have two laptops, printer and Samba drive (on my D-Link Router) and the only item that shows up is my own PC.

The other PC running Win 10 pro can see ALL devices on the network.

I can reach the other devices by entering \\computername and then access the various drives and documents on the device but my PC will not display them using File Explorer.

Also, I have HomeGroup setup and working OK on both PC’s.

My PC is running Win 10 Home Version 1511 Build 10586.36 64bit along with the MS Office Suite 2013.

The solutions tried without success so far include:

Netsh winsock reset

Netsh int ip reset

Uninstalled Client for Microsoft Networks then reinstalled

Uninstalled the Adaptor drivers the reinstalled

Checked the registry settings to ensure that the Network Category is correctly set to 1 (Private)

Checked and confirmed that all the required Services are running – these include:

Diagnostic Policy Service

Diagnostic Service Host

Diagnostic System Host

plus a few others that I can’t recall.

network discovery and file sharing are turned on.

When I run the Network trouble shooter it sometimes throws an error “this computer is missing some protocals” then attempts an automatic fix which always fails. The detailed error log refers to win sockets but I have reset them many times with no difference.

Also, I have another problem that I suspect is related in the “Network ID” button is greyed out and cannot be selected albeit I have confirmed that my network is set to “Private.

Does anyone out there have any suggestions because I am flummoxed.

Nearby sharing in Windows 10 lets you share documents, photos, links to websites, and more with nearby devices by using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

To use Nearby sharing, both PCs—the one you’re sharing from and the one your sharing to—must have Bluetooth and must be running Windows 10 (version 1803 or later). To find out which version of Windows you have installed, see Which Windows operating system am I running?

On the PC you’re sharing from, on the right end of the taskbar, select action center > Nearby sharing and make sure it’s turned on. Do the same thing on the PC you’re sharing to.

On the PC that has the document you want to share, open File Explorer , and find the document you want to share.

In File Explorer, select the Share tab, select Share , and then select the name of the device you want to share with.

On the device you’re sharing with, select Save & open or Save when the notification appears.

On the PC you’re sharing from, on the right end of the taskbar, select action center > Nearby sharing and make sure it’s turned on. Do the same thing on the PC you’re sharing to.

On the PC you want to share from, open Microsoft Edge , and then go to the webpage you want to share.

In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more > Share , and then select the name of the device you want to share with.

On the device you’re sharing with, select Open when the notification appears to open the link in your web browser.

On the PC you’re sharing from, on the right end of the taskbar, select action center > Nearby sharing and make sure it’s turned on. Do the same thing on the PC you’re sharing to.

On the PC that has the photo you want to share, open the Photos app, select the picture you want to share, select Share , and then select the name of the device you want to share with.

On the device you’re sharing the photo to, select Save & open or Save when the notification appears.

Select the Start button, and then select Settings > System > Shared experiences.

For I can share or receive content from, choose the devices you want to be able to share or receive content from.

Note: If you choose Everyone nearby, the Bluetooth MAC address and name of your PC are made available to other devices around you so you can share with other PCs nearby. This info could be used to link your PC to you.

To change the place where files you receive are stored, under Save files I receive to, select Change, choose a new location, and then select Select folder.

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If you’re an old-school PC user like us, then chances are good that you’ll have a huge amount of media, such as pictures, music, and movies, stored in local hard drives. If that’s the case, then you’ll also likely find yourself wanting to access your hard drives from computers other than the one they’re attached to. For example, all your hard drives may be at your main desktop, but you also have a PC attached to your home theater and also a laptop. In this article, we’ll review how you can share your desktop’s hard drives over the network to your other Windows PCs.

We’ll go into all the steps in detail, but they can be roughly summarized as follows.

Choose the drives on your computer that you want to share, and expose them to the network using Windows Advanced Sharing.Connect your other computers to the shared drives using Windows’ “Map Network Drive” function.Add an exception in Windows Internet Options to prevent Windows from warning you when you move data to and from the network drives.

There is one thing to note before we get started: The methods described in this article require that the Windows account on the computer that your shared drive is physically attached to must be both an admin account and password protected. If your account is not password protected, you will still receive prompts to enter a password when connecting to the drive over the network. Because you cannot enter a blank password, you will be effectively gated from connecting to the drive. Sharing a drive without password protection is possible, but it can be finicky. The easiest method is to have a password on the account of the computer hosting the shared drive.

    tutorial by Codrut Neagu published on 03.09.2020

If you have a printer plugged into your Windows 10 PC, you can share it with the other computers and devices connected to the same local network. It is a useful feature if you don’t want to physically move the printer each time you use it to print something from another computer. Sharing your printer on the network means that you can access it from any of your devices, as long as the main computer, which the shared printer is plugged into, is on and running Windows 10. Without further ado, here’s how to share a printer on a network, from Windows 10:

How to share a printer on the network, in Windows 10

In order to share the printer connected to your Windows 10 PC with the network, you must first open the Settings app. A quick way to do it is to click or tap on its button from the Start Menu.

In the Settings app, open the Devices category.

On the left sidebar of the Devices category, select the Printer & scanners tab.

On the right side of the window, select the printer that you want to share on the network.

When you select your printer, a few buttons are displayed: click or tap on Manage.

This action opens a page called “Manage your device”. Look for a link called “Printer properties” and click or tap on it.

Windows 10 opens the Properties window of your printer. This is where you can share your printer on the network.

Regardless of your printer’s make and model, you should see something like the screenshot below:

NOTE: There’s also an alternative way of opening your printer’s Properties window to share your printer with the network: open Control Panel, go to “View devices and printers” under “Hardware and Sound”, right-click (or press and hold) on your printer, and then select Printer properties from the contextual menu.

In your printer’s Properties window, select the Sharing tab.

On the Sharing tab, select the “Share this printer” option and, if you want, type a friendly name for your printer to easily identify it when you connect to it from other Windows 10 computers or devices in your network.

Underneath the Share name field, the “Render print jobs on client computers” setting is enabled by default. We recommend leaving it on, as rendering the print jobs on client devices means that those print jobs are processed by the devices that start them, not by the computer which the printer is plugged into. In other words, the client devices are in charge of the printing processing, so your Windows 10 computer does not have to do additional work whenever a secondary PC tries to print something on the shared printer.

That’s it! Now your printer is shared with all the computers and devices in your local network.

However, before saving your settings and closing all the windows, you might also want to check the next section of this guide, to see how to install additional drivers for your shared printer:

How to install additional drivers for a printer shared with the network, in Windows 10

If you have computers or devices in your network that are using other versions of Windows, you might want to also provide them with Additional Drivers for your shared printer. As Microsoft specifies, if you “[. ] install additional drivers, [. ] users do not have to find the print driver when they connect to the shared printer.” If you want to ease their lives, push the Additional Drivers button.

This opens the Additional Drivers window. In it, select the additional drivers that you want to provide for the network computers and devices that connect to your shared printer. Depending on your printer, you should have options to enable additional drivers for various types of processors and operating system architectures. Select the additional drivers that you want to install for your shared printer, and then click or tap on OK. However, note that, on the next step, you need to tell Windows 10 where to get the additional drivers, so you should download them from your printer’s support website before that.

Windows 10 asks you where to get the printer drivers that you selected on the previous step. Browse or type the path to the folder that contains the additional drivers for your shared printer.

Push the OK button from the “Install print drivers,” and, almost instantly, Windows 10 should get the additional drivers and close the window bearing the same name. Finally, click or tap on Apply and then on OK to save your settings and start sharing your printer on the network.

Next comes the part where you have to install the shared printer on the computers and devices on which you need to use it. If you need help with that, these guides should help you out:

Did you find it easy to share your local printer with the network, in Windows 10?

It is rather easy to share your printer on the network, from Windows 10. Did you manage to go through the whole process fast and without issues? Also, if you have any questions on how to share your printer with the network, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below.

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Connect to a network-connected drive in Windows 10:

  1. Launch File Explorer (you can press Win+E).
  2. Click “This PC” in the left sidebar, if File Explorer didn’t open to the This PC screen.
  3. At the top of the screen, click the “Map network drive” button in the “Network” toolbar section.
  4. Enter the address of your network share in the prompt which appears and click “Finish.”

A network-connected hard drive, or NAS for Network Attached Storage, is a great way to add more storage to your PC, while making it available to other devices and users inside your home or office. Once you’ve got your new device connected to your network, you’ll need to add it to Windows 10 so you can access your files.

The first step is to open File Explorer – you can press Win+E to launch a new window from your desktop. Depending on your File Explorer settings, you’ll arrive at either the Quick Access or This PC screen. If you’re not already there, navigate to This PC by finding it in the left sidebar.

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At the top of the window, in the ribbon control strip, click the “Map network drive” button in the “Network” section. The popup window which appears allows you to configure your drive connection.

First, fill in the “Folder” input. This may be slightly confusing, since it’s not asking for a real folder. You’ll need to know the network address of your hard drive, as well as the name of the folder “share” you’re connecting to. The former is usually the IP address of your network device. You’ll probably have configured the latter while setting up your network hard drive; you should refer to its documentation if you’re feeling stuck.

Windows networking how to share devices with others on the network

Input the share address in the same format as the example given. We’re connecting to a share called “TP-NAS” on the network device 192.168.0.254, so the correct path is “\192.168.0.254TP-NAS.”

Before moving on, choose a drive letter for the device from the dropdown menu. When you add the network share, it appears in Windows as similar to a regular hard drive or USB stick. The drive letter determines the identifying letter it will get within the system. You can use the drive letter to reference the drive in file paths from anywhere in Windows.

Finally, move your attention to the two checkboxes. You’ll probably want to leave “Reconnect at sign-in” selected; otherwise, you’ll need to manually reconnect to the share each time you start your PC.

Windows networking how to share devices with others on the network

“Connect using different credentials” is more interesting. If your network drive is password-protected, keeping this disabled will attempt to login automatically using your Windows username and password. If you have a different username or password configured on your network drive, you should check this box. You’ll be able to supply your username and password after you click “Finish.”

Click “Finish” to add your network share. If you’re connecting with the different credentials option enabled, you’ll be prompted to enter your username and password for the network drive. Tick the “Remember my credentials” box here to ensure you don’t need to login every time you access the drive.

Windows networking how to share devices with others on the network

That’s it! After a moment, you should see Windows open a new File Explorer window displaying the contents of the drive. If you return to This PC, you’ll see the drive show up under “Network locations.” You can now access files on the drive using either its share path (as you entered while connecting to the drive) or the drive letter you assigned it. To disconnect, just right-click the drive in File Explorer and choose “Disconnect.”