Windows 10: 2 win 10 pro laptops cannot see win 10 home desktop on wireless LAN Solved

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  1.    17 Jan 2018 #1

    2 win 10 pro laptops cannot see win 10 home desktop on wireless LAN


    Have set up wireless LAN at home with 1 xp laptop, 2 win 10 Pro laptops and 1 win 10 home desktop. xp laptop not visible to win 10 computers, win 10 home not visible to 2 laptop Pros. None of the win 10's are allowed to set up homegroup. Desktop is file server for LAN. Would like to know if there is a workaround what ever the problem is to connect all win 10's.
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  2.    17 Jan 2018 #2

    Welcome to the forum. Can you ping these by IP? Is it just PC's using wireless that's the problem by default a lot of router's have a setting call user isolation or similar this stops any wireless seeing local PC so if someone breaks in to wireless they can get internet but not attack local PC's
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  3.    17 Jan 2018 #3

    Am able to ping both directions (from 10 pro to 10 home and vice versa) and can connect both ways from home and pro via TeamViewer. When I open "My Network Places", on the home computer, the laptop pro does not show and the same situation occurs going the opposite direction. Home=ver 1709, OS Build 16299.192. Pro=ver 1709, OS Build 16299.15. The physical locations of the home to pro is approximately 40 feet. I haven't tried moving the pro to the home and connecting with cable.
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  4.    17 Jan 2018 #4

    Network Discovery


    I've had this problem on a handful of Windows 10 machines. Make sure Network Discovery is turned on
    on each machine.


    rshafersr said: View Post
    Have set up wireless LAN at home with 1 xp laptop, 2 win 10 Pro laptops and 1 win 10 home desktop. xp laptop not visible to win 10 computers, win 10 home not visible to 2 laptop Pros. None of the win 10's are allowed to set up homegroup. Desktop is file server for LAN. Would like to know if there is a workaround what ever the problem is to connect all win 10's.
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  5.    17 Jan 2018 #5

    Hey rshafersr,
    1. You say you can ping the Win10 machines. In File Explorer > Address Bar can you access them by \\PC_NAME or \\IP_ADDRESS
    IF you can you could just map network drive - Map Network Drive in Windows 10 Network Sharing Tutorials

    2. To see if you can get the PCs to show in File Explorer > Network ... Check these two services .... Function Discovery Provider Host and Function Discovery Resource Publication. If starting them gets then PCs to show up in File Explorer > Network, then you should change their startup type to automatic if their not already.

    3. You may need to check that all PCs are running the same SMB version. In 1709, this is SMBv2, as SMBv1 has been deprecated and may have been uninstalled.
    Win10 Check SMB - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...in-windows-and
    Win10 1709 / SMBv1 - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...r-version-1709

    4. FYI ... MS is doing away with HomeGroups and it's already been removed starting in Insider Preview 17063
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  6.    18 Jan 2018 #6

    checked on pro and both services running but set to manual so changed to automatic. am restarting this laptp to see if it can now see other two win 10's.
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  7.    18 Jan 2018 #7

    well, checked all three 10 computers and they are all running the same way on the Discovery Provider and Discovery Resource settings. attempted to contact each unit from the others by trying \\PC_NAME and \\IP_ADDRESS without any luck. in reference to SMB, the processes sound beyond my expertise but i'm gonna see if i can get it done.. results, if any , to follow
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       18 Jan 2018 #8

    Make sure all PCs are set to the same Workgroup.
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  •    18 Jan 2018 #9

    not having any luck with the Get-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online or any of the other command line tries. i guess i'm bound to do more attempts to understand what it takes to check on SMB services. thanks for the suggestions.
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  •    18 Jan 2018 #10

    Bree:
    each time i try to create a homegroup on any of the three win 10 computers, whether home or pro versions, i get an error pup-up stating i can't create a homegroup on that computer. i've tried the suggestions for possible workarounds for that error none of which have worked.
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