Windows failed to start, it wouldn’t boot and the operating system couldn’t do a repair. I therefore reinstalled Windows. After the reinstall, I lost the ability to see other computers (devices) on the network?
After a bit of digging around, I found the solution…
I checked the settings of the Server Message Block (SMB), also known as the Common Internet File System (CIFS). This is a network communication protocol often used by Windows.
To check your settings, goto ‘SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Suport’ under ‘Turn Windows features on or off’, in the control panel.
Control Panel\Programs\Turn Windows features on or off
Or, in settings, type in ‘programs’ in the find a setting search box.
You will see ‘Turn Windows features on or off’ listed.
Make sure the ‘ SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Suport’ checkbox is selected (ticked), and click OK.
If all is well, you should then be up and working after a re-boot.