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How to enable Network Discovery and configure sharing options in Windows 10.

Written on September 1, 2017 by Penny Dycus
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How to enable Network Discovery and configure sharing options in Windows 10.

Network Discovery in the Windows operating system is a network setting.  In this setting you can set whether or not other computers on the network can communicate with connected devices and systems. If Network Discovery is enabled, sharing files and printers over a network becomes easier to connect through a private network only for you to share.


If your Windows 10 computer or device can’t view other computers on the network, two things are probably at fault; You either assigned the incorrect network profile (private instead of public) or network discovery is turned off. Now, when connecting to a public network like those in airports and cafes, be sure to set the profile to private so your computer is not shared.

1. Open the Settings window
2. Click Network & Internet

3. In the panel on the left, click either Wi-Fi or Ethernet (depending on your connection to the internet)

4. You will need to locate (possibly on the right hand side of the page) Change Advanced Sharing Option

5. Expand the network profile labeled Private (Current Profile)

6. In the Network discover section, select “Turn on network discovery”. Also, check the box that says “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices.”

7. Click Save Changes.
8. Close the Settings Window.


ENABLE FILE AND PRINTER SHARING
When you’re connected to private networks, Windows 10 automatically turns on the File and Printer Sharing setting. This setting allows you to easily share folders, files, and printers with other computers and devices in your network. However, if your network administrator adjusts this setting, you may need to manually turn it on or off, depending on your needs.

Here’s how to activate the File and Printer Sharing setting in Windows 10 for your active network connection:

1. Open Settings

2. Click Network & Internet

3. In the panel on the left, click on either Wi-Fi or Ethernet (depending on your connection to the internet)

4. You will need to locate (possibly on the right hand side of the page) Change Advanced Sharing Option

5. Expand the network profile labeled Private (Current Profile)

6. In the File and Printer Sharing section, select Turn On File and Printer Sharing.

7. Click Save Changes.

8. Close the Settings Window.

 

Thank you for reading my article.  I personally have found this to be very helpful in my home.

Tags: Networking, Windows, How-to-guides, Technology