Error code: 0x80070035. The network path was not found

Windows allows users to share files between systems which are on the same network, even if they aren’t physically connected. The folder administrator needs to allow access to the intended user and the Internet should be connected. However, users have reported that despite these conditions being fulfilled, they get the following error upon trying to access the shared driver:

Error code: 0x80070035. The network path was not found

Error code: 0x80070035. The network path was not found

The cause is basically with the Firewall or anti-virus program, but we will troubleshoot every possibility in this guide. Proceed with the solutions as follows:

  1. Verify that the drive is shared
  2. Ping IP address of the targeted computer
  3. Modify the Network Security settings
  4. Disable the anti-virus and Windows Defender Firewall temporarily
  5. Reinstall Network Adapter drivers
  6. Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

Before you beging, click on the Diagnose button on the error message dialog box and see if that helps. If not, then you may proceed.

1] Verify that the drive is shared

Before proceeding towards changing any of the settings, we could verify that the drive is shared.

Right-click on the folder and select Properties. In the Sharing tab, check the status of Network File and Folder Sharing. If the status is Not Shared, select Share.

Share folder

Select the intended Network User for sharing the file, and then select the permission level for the user.Add user

Click on Apply and then OK to save the settings.

The intended user should be able to access the shared file/folder now.

2] Ping IP address of the targeted computer

It might be possible that while the file/folder is shared correctly, the network channel isn’t connected right. We could test it by pinging the IP address of the target computer from the primary computer.

Press Win + R to open the Run window on the target computer and type the command cmd and hit Enter to open the Command Prompt window.

Type the command ipconfig/all and hit Enter. It would populate a bunch of information.

Note the value of the IPv4 address.Note the IP address

Now, open Command Prompt on the primary computer.

Type ping <IPv4 address of the target computer> and press Enter.

Check if you get 4 confirmation replies or not.Check for Ping replies

If not, you could try running the Network Adapter troubleshooter. Go to Start > Settings > Updates and Security > Troubleshoot and select the Network Adapter Troubleshooter. Restart the system after running the same.Network Adapter Troubleshooter

You could also verify if the network discovery is enabled. Go to Start > Settings > Network & Internet.

Click on Change connection properties.Change connection properties

Shift the radio button for Network profile to Private.Enable Network Discovery

Check if the folder sharing works now.

3] Modify the Network Security settings

At times, the Network Security settings interfere with the file/folder sharing process. It could be resolved as follows:

Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command secpol.msc. Press Enter to open the Local Security Policy manager window.

Navigate to Local Policies > Security Options in the left -pane.

Double-click on Network security: LAN Manager authentication level in the right-pane to open its properties.Change Network security policy

Form the drop-down menu, select Send LM & NTLM-use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated.Change policy

Select Apply and OK to save the settings.

Restart the system.

4] Disable the anti-virus and Windows Defender Firewall temporarily

While the anti-virus and Windows Defender Firewall protect the system, at times they misjudge the threats and block functionality useful for the system. This might be the case here. Thus, you could disable the anti-virus in the system and the Windows Defender Firewall temporarily to isolate this possibility.

5] Reinstall Network Adapter drivers

Outdated drivers could be one of the reasons behind the issue. You could consider updating the Network Adapter drivers as follows:

Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command devmgmt.msc. Press Enter to open the Device Manager window.

Locate the Network Adapter drivers and expand the list.Update Network Adapter

Right-click on each driver individually and choose Update Driver to update the drivers.

Restart the system once done.

6] Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command ncpa.cpl. Press Enter to open the Network Connections window.

Right-click on your network and select Properties.Network Connection properties

Double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4.Internet Protocol version 4

Click on Advanced.

Advanced properties

In the WINS tab, shift the radio button to Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

Click on OK to save the settings and restart the system.

Hope it helps!

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Karan Khanna is a passionate Windows 10 user who loves troubleshooting Windows problems in specific and writing about Microsoft technologies in general.