Your system requires SMB2 or higher [TECHNICIAN FIX]

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Many Windows 10 users reported Your system requires SMB2 or higher error message on their PC. In case you’re not familiar, SMB stands for Server Message Block, and it’s a protocol for sharing files. The protocol has two versions, the SMB1, and the SMB2, and while both can be used, the latter is the more secure one.

SMB1 protocol is vulnerable and your system will give you a warning message saying that it requires SMB2. This can be an annoying issue, but it can be fixed in a matter of minutes with our solutions, so let’s get started.

How to enable SMB2 on Windows 10?

1. Check if your system can install SMB2

  1. Start PowerShell as administrator. Press the Windows Key+ X and select PowerShell (Admin).
  2. Type Get-SmbServerConfiguration | Select EnableSMB2Protocol in the command prompt of the Window PowerShell and press Enter.
    powershell get_smbServerconfiguration your system requires smb2 or higher
  3. If your system can run SMB2 protocol, type windows features in the Search box and select Turn Windows features on or off.
  4. Once the Windows Features window opens, check SMB1/CIFS File Sharing Support option and hit OK.
    windows features SMB 1.0 enable your system requires smb2 or higher
  5. Restart your PC and check if the problem with SMB2 is resolved.

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2. Use Powershell

  1. Start PowerShell as administrator. We already showed you how to do that in our previous solution.
  2. Enter Set-SmbServerConfiguration –EnableSMB2Protocol $true and press Enter.
    powershell set-smbserverconfiguration your system requires smb2 or higher
  3. Press Y to confirm.

There you go, two simple solutions that can help you fix Your system requires SMB2 or higher error. Be sure to try all of our solutions and let us know in the comments section if you found our solutions helpful.

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I have an older maxtor ‘shared stoprage drive’ which used an ethernet cable to the router in order to run. After the last windows-10 upgrade (Mar 2021) the drive would no longer connect and lost I thought were my thousands of files. The individual drives were still visible on File Explorer but when trying to mount one I got an error which said the system contained an SMB1 protocol, but now required an update to the newer SMB2.

I found ‘Your System Requires SMB2 or Higher [TECNICIAN FIX]’ on Windows Report via Google and it took me to places unknown, but following the instructions, I can now see all the drives on the Maxtor. [NOTE You must be an Adsministrator to make these changes, but doing so also fixed another network display problem, but that’s for another time.

Follow the instructions as you see them, especially in the screen shot of the ‘Windows Power Shell’ unless you know your way around the command prompt already. To open the Windows Power Shell, first the Windows key and find the ‘All Apps’ icon, and scroll down to Windows Power Shell and tap the ‘>’ adjacent. That will bring up several different flavors of Windows Power Shell. Select the one with just ‘Windows Power Shell’. Enter the text exactly as seen in the command prompt box. If you see ‘True’ as shown, you’re golden.

Next, find the ‘Windows Features’ window. Open the Control Panel and select ‘Programs and Features’ or ‘Programs’. Look for ‘Turn Windows features On or Off’. Once the Windows Features window opens, check SMB1/CIFS File Sharing Support option and hit OK as shown in the Windows Report.

Restart your PC and check if the problem with SMB2 is resolved. {I think MS coders like hiding everything from the user community}