File Sharing is an essential feature for users who have multiple PCs in a Homegroup (Workgroup). Once it’s configured, the file exchange should work seamlessly. After enabling File Sharing, your Windows Defender Firewall should allow the feature to communicate freely. However, some users reported issues with Windows 10 Firewall blocking File Sharing.
We have a few solutions to suggest below, so make sure to check them out.
How to unblock File Sharing on Windows 10
1. Enable File and Printer Sharing
- In the Windows Search bar, type Sharing and open Manage advanced sharing settings.
- Under the Network discovery, toggle the Turn on network discovery on.
- Under the File and printer sharing, toggle the Turn on file and printer sharing on.
- Save changes and reboot your PC.
2. Allow File and Printer Sharing to communicate through Firewall
- In the Windows Search bar, type Firewall and open Windows Defender Firewall.
- Open the Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.
- Click Change settings.
- Navigate to File and Printer Sharing and File and Printer Sharing over SMBDirect.
- Make sure to check both Private and Public boxes next to these entries.
- Save changes and try sharing files on the local network again.
3. Enable SMB versions on your PC
- In the Windows Search bar, type Windows features and open Turn Windows features on or off.
- Check the SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing support box.
- Also, check the SMB Direct box.
- Save changes and try sharing files again.
These steps should be enough to resolve the problem with Windows 10 Firewall blocking file sharing. In case you have a third-party firewall as a part of an antivirus solution, make sure to disable it. Alternatively, you can whitelist the network and allow file sharing.
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