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In recent years, Microsoft has significantly simplified file sharing under Windows. All you have to do is click on one or two buttons to make your files visible to other users on the same network. It is interesting to note that file sharing is not limited to Windows computers because you can even view your files on an Android phone.
Sometimes file sharing will not work suddenly, or you will not be able to view your files correctly on other devices. This can be very frustrating.
But don’t worry, we’ll help you solve the problem. Here are some solutions to get file sharing back on track under Windows 10.
Check Settings for All Networks Workaround
On your computer, go to the C:\Users folder and right-click on Public.
– Open Properties.
– Select the Security tab and click on Edit.
– In the Authorizations dialog box, click Add.
– The new dialog box opens and you can add Everyone and click OK.
– When you return to the Authorizations dialog box, select the permissions you want to give to other users.
– The same principle applies to each folder you create and want to share on your home network.
Enable file sharing under Windows 10
- Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking Start > Control Panel, click Network and Sharing Center, and then click Advanced Sharing Settings.
- To enable network discovery, click on the arrow to expand the section, click Enable network discovery, then click Apply. If you are prompted to enter an administrator password or confirmation, enter the password or type the confirmation.
- To enable file sharing, click the arrow to expand the section, click Enable file and printer sharing, and then click Apply. If you are asked for an administrator password or confirmation, type or confirm the password.
- Click on Save Changes.
Check if the Computer Browser service is available.
Check if the Computer Browser service is working.
Step 1: Go to Start and type services.msc in Start Search.
Step 2: Locate the computer’s browser. Right-click on it and select Properties. Make sure it is started.
Step 3: When it is stopped, select Start or Restart. And make sure that the service is started and set to Automatic.
When you make a change, click Apply and OK.
Checking your Windows firewall settings
If you are still having problems, make sure that the Windows firewall does not block file and printer sharing. Proceed as follows:
- Open the Windows firewall by clicking Start > Control Panel, click Security, then click Windows Firewall.
- Click Allow a program via the Windows firewall. If you are prompted to enter an administrator password or confirmation, enter the password or type the confirmation.
- In the Program or Port list, make sure the File and Printer Sharing check box is selected, and then click OK.
Restart the network connection
Sometimes, restarting or disabling and reactivating a network connection or adapter can help make sharing work. The adapter may not work properly, whether it is a failure of the adapter itself or Windows.
To update the connection, open the Network Connections window from the Control Panel or Network Center and Sharing of Windows 10, right-click the problem adapter, then click Disable. Give it a moment, then right-click again and click Activate.
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