\\server is not accessible, You might not have permission to use this network resource

Many users use their Windows 10 computers to create and access their data on their servers via their network. Some users have been reporting an error which says that the server is not accessible. The whole error states,

\\server is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource.  Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Logon Failure: The target account name is incorrect.

Today, we will be checking out how to fix this issue on your Windows 10 computer.

You might not have permission to use this network resource

\\server is not accessible, You might not have permission to use this network resource

If this error just started to occur and you have a System Restore Point created already, you can use it to revert it to your earlier settings and configuration.

We will be undertaking the following fixes to try and get rid of this error:

  1. Check the status of the Workstation Service
  2. Reboot your router.
  3. Change File Sharing connections setting
  4. Check the Network configuration.

1] Check the status of the Workstation Service

Type, services.msc in the Start search box and hit Enter to open the Windows Services Manager.

Locate Workstation Service, and then double-click on it to open its Properties box.

Stop the Service and then Start it again. Or else right-click on it and select Restart.

Ensure that its Startup Type is set to Automatic.

2] Reboot your router

Reboot your router from its Admin panel or just manually turn it off and turn it on after 10 seconds to reboot it completely. See if this helps.

3] Change File Sharing connections setting

You might not have permission to use this network resource

Open Control Panel > Network and sharing center > Advanced sharing settings > File sharing connections

Select Enable file sharing for devices that use 40- or 56 bit encryption and see if that helps. If not, reverse the changes made.

4] Check the Network Configuration

To check the Network Configuration, you can right-click on the WiFi or the Ethernet connection icon in the system tray and then select open Network and Internet Settings and then click on Change Adapter Options. Then you will see a window pop up.

Select the network connection which connects you to your network. This connection could be an Ethernet Connection or a WiFi Connection. Right-click on that connection and select Properties.

From the list of items, now select Internet Protocol Version 4 OR Internet Protocol Version 6 according to your requirement.

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Now click on the button that says Properties.

And check if everything is configured as it is intended to. For details, you may read this Technet post.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.