How to Turn on Network Discovery and File Sharing in Windows 10

In Windows 10 network discovery and file sharing are turned off by default. In this Tutorial we are going to learn how to turn on network discovery and file sharing on Windows 10 Operating System.

What is network discovery and file sharing ?

Network discovery and File Sharing allow windows to auto detect shared computers on your network and also allow other computers on your network to discover your computer.

Enable Network Discovery and File Sharing on Windows 10

  1. Open Network and Sharing Center - Right click on the windows start button and click on Control Panel. From Control Panel Go to Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Go to Advanced Sharing Settings - from the Network and Sharing Center Click on the  Change Advanced Sharing Setting Link on the left.
  3. Turn on Network Discovery and File Sharing - Under the Public Network section Turn on Network Discovery and File and Printer Sharing Options.
    Turn on Network Discovery and File Sharing in Windows 10

After enabling Network Discovery, you should now see the available shared computer and devices  on your network Under the Network Section in the Windows 10 File Explorer.

shared computers and devices in windows network

As Above screenshot shows, you can see windows 10  has automatically detected shared computers and devices in Our Network (Including Printers and Scanners).

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