Network computers not showing in Windows 10

If after upgrading Windows 10 you find that Network Discovery is not working as a result of which Workgroup computers or Network places are missing or not showing up, then this post will show you how to resolve the issue.

Network computers not showing

Try the following solutions sequentially and see if any of them help you.

1] Update Network Adapter Driver

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

Expand the list of network drivers and update them.Network computers not showing in Windows 10

If that doesn’t work, uninstall the same drivers and restart the system. The system will reinstall the drivers.

Another suggestion is to download and install the drivers from the manufacturer’s website.

2] Reset Winsock, etc.

Right-click on the Start button and select Command Prompt (administrator) to open an elevated Command Prompt.

Enter the following commands one by one and press Enter after entering each command to Reset Winsock:

netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns

Restart your computer and see.

3] Check Function Discovery Resource Publication Service

Press Win+R to open the Run window and type the command services.msc. Press Enter to open the Windows Services window.

Locate the Function Discovery Resource Publication Service, right-click on the Service and select Properties.Function Discovery Resource Publication

Here, ensure that the Startup type of Function Discovery Resource Publication service is Automatic and that it is Started.

4] Ensure that SMB 1.0 is manually enabled

If Network computers are not showing ensure that SMB 1.0 is enabled. Maybe that will help. You will be able to do it via Control Panel > Programs & Features > Turn Windows features on or off.

5] Network Reset

If all of the above solutions fail, we might consider resetting the entire network settings.

Click on the Start button and then on the gear-like symbol to open the Settings window.

Select Network and Internet. Scroll and locate Network Reset. Click on it and then on Reset now.

Hope something here helps you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

17 Comments

  1. Aunt Sue

    I don’t understand the error, so im not sure if it’s the same as mine before i try your solution.
    is your problem means that there is no computer showing up on the network folder? my problem was my other computer in my home network will show up in the network folder, but now they are gone. is this the same?

  2. Kalman Kolman

    The last 2 worked, or maybe it was a combination of all of them.

  3. disqomatic

    In step 4, you advise to ensure SMB 1.0 is manually enabled. Microsoft just spent the last two years telling us this protocol is obsolete, not secure, and should be DISABLED. What’s the deal?

  4. ew3

    this worked for me after trying other things which didn’t make any difference:

    1) open file explorer on both PCs

    2) on target computer right click on ‘this pc’ and select properties to get the computer name of this pc

    3) on pc you want to access target from, type in the address field of file explorer ‘\name-of-target-pc’ where you replace the text with name found in 2), and hit enter, the target pc will now be recognised again

    perhaps the network computer not found problem is a one off issue for each pc/network combo, and once you have done the above, all pcs will see each other again… hope this helps some of you out there who’s lost the network links after the 1803 windows 10 upgrade… it was frustrating for me to have to go through all the network sharing, adapter settings, etc to get to the above simple solution!

  5. El Viejo En Santuario

    One million thanks – it worked!

  6. Mark Taylor

    Turning on the “Function DIscovery Resource Publication” worked for me. I also had to turn it on for all the Windows 7 PCs in the network before they could see the Windows 10 PC.
    Cheers.

  7. Mark Taylor

    Yes it sounds like the same problem.

    Turning on the “Function DIscovery Resource Publication” (option 3) worked for me. I
    also had to turn it on for all the Windows 7 PCs in the network before
    they could see the Windows 10 PC.

  8. Killertunes

    I took this rainy Sunday to see why 20 Windows 10 PCs I manage wouldn’t show up in their network list. I could access them fine by typing their name into the bar so it was a low priority thing. Anyways, I came across this post and wanted to reply stating #3 was the solution to the problem. Thanks.

  9. aussie43

    My desktop PC does not show my laptop PC in the ‘computers’ section of Network in File Explorer.
    But it shows the media server (library) in the ‘Media Devices’ section.
    When I put \Laptop in the File Explorer address field, the shared folders on the laptop become visible.
    So everything seems to be working fine, just VERY annoying that we can’t have a readily available real-time view of the network, and that in order to share, we have to type the share name.

  10. Push Button

    #3 worked for me also. My desktop computer would show my laptop, but the laptop would not show the desktop computer. I had to perform the fix on both to make everything work properly. Both are running Windows 10.
    I just don’t understand how Windows 10 updates can screw up stuff that much. It is very frustrating to find out that things that worked okay before the update, don’t continue to work afterward.

  11. Number 3 saved the day~ Thank you

  12. Dekker Van Wyk

    #3 worked perfectly! Thanks for the great help.

  13. chris

    I have one stubborn son of a computer that REFUSES to see any network resource. I’ve tried everything shown above with NO luck. Microsoft Tech support was worthless as usual too. I’ve also tried over a dozen different NIC drivers too … I’m at a complete loss now on how I might get this fixed …

  14. mercalia beck

    ah in my case only one of 4 pcs showed!!! I tried the steps and got to number 4 then they all appeared. so thanks, what was strange another notebook that had windows 1803 on it had no problems but the version was not quite the same. so thanks again, I was about to start pulling my hair out…. good Windows version – 17134.345 bad one 17134.376

  15. Just fixed this one. The Windows panel for manual IP configuration has a “network mask length”. If you put in your network mask there, you get the problem… If you put in “32”, for a mask of 255.255.255.0, then all the systems appear…..

  16. Mark Siidiman

    This solved the problem with my PCs. I can now see both my desktop and my Lenovo laptop.
    Thanks for this support.

  17. Michael Reed

    Steps 3 & 4 were required on each computer. Thank you for figuring this out.

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