Share Printers & Files even though HomeGroup has been removed in Windows 10

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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.

11 Comments

  1. Jeffrey G. Bank

    Has anyone noticed that after the April 2018 update, network browsing and file and print sharing do not work? I am not speaking about the removal of the Homegroup feature. You cannot share files and printers, and try mapping a drive. You cannot.

  2. If Network browsing does not appear to work after the Windows 10 1803 update (or even before) go to the computer that is “not visible” and go to “services” Go to the two services named “Function Discovery xxxx” and restart both. Also, make sure they are set to starting “automatically” The computer should be visible on the network.

  3. There is an easy fix. If Network browsing does not appear to work after the Windows 10 1803 update (or even before) go to the computer that is “not visible” and go to “services” Go to the two services named “Function Discovery xxxx” and restart both. Also, make sure they are set to starting “automatically” The computer should be visible on the network.

  4. satscout

    Visibility and accessibility are two different things, I’m afraid… just because you can see something doesn’t mean Windows will let you access it. 1803 went to the desktop and laptop here on Friday, and we haven’t been able to access anything on the other one from either since then, even though you can “see” each on the network from the other. Changing the function discovery setting was one of the many suggested online fixes I have tried. Before, as members of the same homegroup, we could go into either from the other, especially helpful in my accessing school related stuff on the laptop from the desktop. At least we were able to get the laptop to recognize the printer attached to the desktop (after MUCH playing around with settings, and I can’t be sure which combination was the magic one that restored that connection).

  5. Did you go to the properties for the folder and designate share with “everyone”? That should allow you to access folders on other computers on the network.

  6. satscout

    Yes. No dice, however 🙁

  7. Right click on the folder in question, go to properties, sharing tab, then if designating “everyone” on the main sharing tab does not work, click on “advanced sharing” and click the box to share the folder.

  8. Nj King

    It seems like these software engineers don’t get what the average end-user actually needs. This is another example of how corporations think they know what’s best and roll it out, only to have us (regular people) fervently scramble for a work around. The suggestion to use OneDrive is not practical for users that have metered data plans and limited speeds. If I’m correct, that means that the file that I’m sharing is uploaded to OneDrive and then downloaded on my other home computer or laptop, so that’s multiple data exchanges. Not everyone has unlimited cable internet!

  9. satscout

    Did that already. Still no dice. 🙁 But thanks for trying.

  10. Yes, it is ruining my small office setup and I’ve lost quite a bit of business as a result

  11. I fully agree. I’m running Windows 10 Pro on 3 PCs. My Photoshop image files are usually 50Mb, sometimes a lot more. What use is OneDrive when my upload speed is very slow. It is much simpler to “see” the file on a local computer. I have even lost network access to my NAS box. Microsoft have mightily screwed up this time.

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