Normally, the Explorer shows all Windows computers in your network and their shares under “Network”. If that doesn’t work, first check the settings described below.
Windows PC in the network is not found
Several services that should start automatically are a prerequisite for a functioning Windows network. Therefore, type “Services” in the search field on the taskbar and click on the relevant location. Make sure that the “Workstation Service”, “Function Search Provider Host”, “Function Search Resource Publishing” and “Server” services are set to “Automatic” as the Startup Type. If not, you should change this accordingly after double-clicking on the service. You may have to start the service afterwards or reboot the computer.
Second, you should look at your network connection. Go to “Settings” in the start menu and open “Network and Internet”. For a wired network, click on “Ethernet -› Change adapter options ”, right-click your network connection in the window that opens and select“ Properties ”. In the “Ethernet Properties” window, make sure that the options “Client for Microsoft Networks” and “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks” are activated by a preceding check mark. Double click on “Internet Protocol, Version 4 (TCP / IPv4)” and in the following window click on “Advanced”. Switch to the “WINS” tab and make sure that the “Standard” option has been selected as the “NetBIOS setting”.
If Windows cannot find the other computers in the network, you should first check the settings of the services.
If your computer is connected to a WLAN, you can access these options via “Settings -› Network and Internet – ›WLAN -› Change adapter options – ›WiFi -› Properties ”.
Often the assignment to different workgroups prevents Windows from finding the other computers in the network. You can check this by entering sysdm.cpl in the search field on the taskbar and reading the name of the workgroup in the “Computer Name” tab.
In order for Windows computers to recognize themselves in a network, they must be in a common workgroup.
If this is not the same on your Windows computers, you must correct it using the “Change” button. If all these settings are correct, but the search for other PCs in the network still does not work, there is another possibility: Various anti-virus packages bring their own firewall. See if this program is not set to break Windows Small Message Block (SMB) communication. The SMB protocol is responsible for accessing the shares in a Windows network.
Also, keep in mind that the network environment scan may take a while and be patient.
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