For perhaps a decade now I have watched video and listened to music from my computer's media collection (now grown to over 6 terabytes) using a wired ethernet connection over to my stereo/TV thru a media streaming device (currently an LG bluray player). First I was using WinXP and later Win7. I just set up the disk containing the media files as shareable using traditional windows networking (with permissions to "Everyone") and it talked to the streaming device right away. Many months back I upgraded to Win10, and after using it for a week (including networking) without problems I deleted the .old folder containing my old Win7 operating system (being the overconfident idiot that I am). It turns out that the one connection I forgot to check out was the one to the living room (bluray). It no longer works. The sharing was so seamless I had always assumed the bluray player was behaving just like any of my other networked windows computer. However it turns out it uses a different protocol, Samba, or CIFS (I'm not sure which) - although there is a way to enter a CIFS password on the bluray player (which I never needed with winXP or win7). It appears that Samba is not compatible with win10, at least out of the box. This is an important feature to me and I would have reverted to win7, but unfortunately I can no longer do that.
I've seen at least a dozen threads describing some success with samba and win10 (various registry hacks and other obscure windows and dos commands) but no two threads are even remotely similar. I have tried to follow them all but have had no success. I'm sure I didn't follow all of them exactly because many were apparently written by networking professionals for other networking experts and often I didn't know what they were talking about. I've tried for months now on and off and I think I'm at the end of my rope on this one, so perhaps there is another solution. Is there any third party free or commercial software that can implement the samba protocol? Or do I just have to bite the bullet and get a new media streaming device. Mine is perhaps 5 years old or so ... perhaps too old to work with modern operating systems? If so, what kind of devices or protocols should I be looking for? (I don't know why Microsoft had to go messing with this protocol as is seemed to be perfectly adequate to me for so many years. They just don't seem to know how to leave well enough alone. Don't even get me started about the start menu