FIX: Network discovery is turned off in Windows 10

Elsie Otachi By: Elsie Otachi
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In Windows operating system, Network Discovery is a network setting that lets you set the communication between connected devices and systems on your network – so you decide whether or not this is allowed.

When enabled, it becomes easier to share files and printers as well as connect through a private network. However, if your Windows 10 device or computer cannot view other devices on your network, it could be caused by either of two issues:

  • Incorrect network profile
  • Network discovery is turned off

To resolve the problem, try the solutions listed below.

FIX: Network discovery is turned off Windows 10

  1. Enable Network discovery
  2. Activate dependency services
  3. Configure Firewall Settings
  4. Use Command Prompt to turn Network Discovery on

1. Enable Network discovery

  • Click Start and select Settings
  • Click Network and Internet

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  • Click WiFi or Ethernet from the left pane, depending on the connection you’re using

  • Find the Change Advanced Sharing option

  • Click to expand Private (Current Profile) network

  • Go to Network Discovery section and select Turn on network discovery
  • Check the Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices box

  • Click Save changes and exit the window

2. Activate dependency services

Check that dependency services such as DNS Client, Function Discovery Resource Publication, SSDP Discovery, and UPnP Device Host are started.

To check if each of these is activated, do the following:

  • Right click Start and select Run

  • Type services.msc to open Services Manager

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  • Check if each of the four services is started, and set them to automatic

— RELATED: Fix: A network change was detected error on Windows 10

3. Configure Firewall Settings

  • Do this to allow Network Discovery through the following steps:
  • Click Start and select Control Panel
  • Select System and Security

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  • Click Windows Firewall

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  • Click Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall on the left pane (or Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall)

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  • Click Change settings and give required admin permissions if requested to

  • Click Network Discovery then OK
  • Configure any other firewalls on your Windows 10 computer to allow Network Discovery
  • Turn on Network Discovery from the Network and Sharing Center

4. Use Command Prompt to turn Network Discovery on

  • Click Start and type CMD in the search bar
  • From the search results, right click Command Prompt
  • Select Run as administrator

  • In the elevated command prompt, type: netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Network Discovery” new enable=Yes
  • Press Enter. This will turn on Network Discovery.
  • To turn off Network Discovery for all your network profiles, go back to the elevated command prompt, and type: netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Network Discovery” new enable=No then press Enter and close the window.

Did any of these solutions help? Let us know in the comments section below.



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