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Jim Rockford

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I have a PC running Windows running Windows 10 ver. 22H2 and a laptop running the same, except for a minor variation in the build. Both have an OS partition and a Data partition. I want to access the Data partition of the other from each machine, but cannot. I am able to see and map to the laptop from the PC, but am unable to see ot map to the PC. I can see the laptop from the PC and copy and move files to it and even back to the PC, but all from the PC. Of course, I can ping each computer from the other. I have turned on File and printer sharing on both and made the relevant folders shared on both machines.I have also set the Function Discovery Provider Host, Function Discovery Resource Publication and UPnP Device Host to Automatic. I am able to use my comparison software to copy files back and forth. I also am able to use Microsoft Garage mouse software to control; both machines with one keyboard and mouse. I have turned off all firewalls on both machines. I have even turned off IP6 for the adapter on both machines. Oddly, I can access the PC's Public folder from the laptop but not the drive and folders I need. But, I still do not see the PC in the laptop's Network to be able to access it. I am using the same network over wired Ethernet.

Any ideas? Totally puzzled! TIA.
 
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hacxx

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I have a PC running Windows running Windows 10 ver. 22H2 and a laptop running the same, except for a minor variation in the build. Both have an OS partition and a Data partition. I want to access the Data partition of the other from each machine, but cannot. I am able to see and map to the laptop from the PC, but am unable to see ot map to the PC. I can see the laptop from the PC and copy and move files to it and even back to the PC, but all from the PC. Of course, I can ping each computer from the other. I have turned on File and printer sharing on both and made the relevant folders shared on both machines.I have also set the Function Discovery Provider Host, Function Discovery Resource Publication and UPnP Device Host to Automatic. I am able to use my comparison software to copy files back and forth. I also am able to use Microsoft Garage mouse software to control; both machines with one keyboard and mouse. I have turned off all firewalls on both machines. I have even turned off IP6 for the adapter on both machines. Oddly, I can access the PC's Public folder from the laptop but not the drive and folders I need. But, I still do not see the PC in the laptop's Network to be able to access it. I am using the same network over wired Ethernet.

Any ideas? Totally puzzled! TIA.
Someone will get back to you soon.
 

starhawk69

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Had the same problem recently myself. I bought a new modem/router cause I hate paying to rent one. I have 5 Windows10 (all the same ver. 22H2 and build) PC's and 1 Win7 Netbook connected to the network, 4 are wired ethernet and 2 are wifi. After configuring the router and hooking everything up only 2 of the computers could see everything on the network. Read the stuff at Microsoft support and a bunch of other sites. Tried all the stuff you did plus. After much hair pulling and running around to configure each machine I managed to get all of them but one to show up. Finally gave up on the last one and just mapped the drive and put a shortcut on the desktops of the computers that need it.
One simple thing that I found that worked to get 2 of the PC's to show up was to change the network ID from business to private network. Goto System/Settings/About, on the right side you should see Related settings. Select the option Rename this PC (advanced), click on the Network ID button, select the This is a home computer option. Restart your PC. Might work.
To map a network drive just right click This PC and select Map network drive. You will have to know the name of the PC you want to connect to. Fill in using the format \\computername\sharedfoldername and click finish. Also you can goto Network and type in \\computername and you should see all the shares on that computer, right click on the drive or folder and select Map network drive, finish.
I know this is more a workaround rather than a true fix for your problem but I find that mapping the drives is easier than fighting with Windows. Also once you have mapped the drive it will show up in This PC and the right click context menu/send to, which makes it nice and easy to copy/move files around.
Funny thing is that the only PC on my network that can see ALL the network computers is my Win7 netbook, go figure.
P.S. Its \\localhost
 

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P.S. Its \\localhost
My bad. Thanks. Santa is in a hurry this time of year. I am finding local networking a pain in the ass with Win 10 and up. I guess it's security measures.
 

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