- 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.
- If a computer is not discoverable in a network, the first step is to enable network discovery. See how you can do that from our guide.
- Do you have any other network issues? Go ahead and visit our Network Troubleshooting section.
- If you have any problems with your Windows 10 OS, you can start by reading our Troubleshooting Windows 10 Hub.
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.
What can I do if Network discovery is turned off Windows 10:
- Enable Network discovery
- Activate dependency services
- Configure Firewall Settings
- Use Command Prompt to turn Network Discovery on
1. Enable Network discovery
- Click Start and select Settings
- Click Network and Internet
- Click WiFi or Ethernet from the left panel, 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
- Check if each of the four services is started, and set them to automatic
3. Configure Firewall Settings
- Do this to allow Network Discovery through the following steps:
- Click Start and select Control Panel
- Select System and Security
- Click Windows Firewall
- Click Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall on the left panel (or Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall)
- 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
You can’t open Control Panel? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.
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.
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Computer not showing up on network Windows 10
FAQ: Read more about discovering computers in a network
- How to find a computer on network list that is not showing up?
First, you need to turn on network discovery from Network and Sharing Center. If this doesn’t work, we have a complete guide on how to fix this.
- How to have a windows 10 computer show all computers on network?
If you already turned on the network discovery, then you also need to turn on automatic setup of network-connected devices. If the computers from the network are not showing in File Explorer, here’s how to fix that.
- Can ping network computers but they do not show up on network?
Check your shared folder settings if you set them up properly. When you Ping a computer you are only verifying if it is responding to network calls.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.