I Can’t see Other Devices on my Network?

What Happened?

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…

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.

Via the Windows Control Panel:

Control Panel\Programs\Turn Windows features on or off

Windows Control Panel – Turn Windows features on or off

Via the Windows Settings:

Or, in settings, type in ‘programs’ in the find a setting search box.

Windows Settings – Programs

You will see ‘Turn Windows features on or off’ listed.

Windows Settings – Turn Windows features on or off

Ticking the Box:

Make sure the ‘ SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Suport’ checkbox is selected (ticked), and click OK.

Turn Windows features on or off – SMB 1.0CIFS File Sharing Suport

If all is well, you should then be up and working after a re-boot.

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