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  1.    21 Apr 2018 #1

    I want to disable network sharing


    I want to disable network sharing completely. I followed this guide, but some of the other computers are still showing up. Also, the sharing tab doesnt appear in properties.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 15 Aug 2018 at 06:47.
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  2. slicendice's Avatar
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       21 Apr 2018 #2

    Cerawy said: View Post
    I want to disable network sharing completely. I followed this guide, but the other computers still shows up. Also, the sharing tab doesnt appear in properties.
    You also have to disable Network Discovery in same dialogue as you disabled File and Printer Sharing. This will prevent computers from advertising themselves on the network and also prevent computers from looking up computers and devices that advertise themselves on the network.
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  3.    22 Apr 2018 #3

    I just did that. Some of the computers still appears on my computer.
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       22 Apr 2018 #4

    Cerawy said: View Post
    I just did that. Some of the computers still appears on my computer.
    Windows remembers these computers a while after settings changes. Reboot them all to see if they get removed from Network View.
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       22 Apr 2018 #5

    The fault here is with the Computer Browser Service, As mentioned above it will eventually clear itself.


    The following is a little bit more advanced but should work

    To speed things up - from an elevated Command Prompt Run these two commands exactly ( letter case is important) :

    ipconfig /flushdns
    nbtstat -R

    Also you can then set the Computer Browser service to Manual after stopping it and reboot

    This should remove the records from the system and cache after around 15 Minutes
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  6.    23 Apr 2018 #6

    @Barman58 I did the ipconfig /flushdns and nbtstat -R commands and they were succesful. However, I have no way to check if it solved the problem since I right clicked on the other computers on the network and clicked remove before I saw your post. I just know that disabling network discovery didn't get get rid of the other computers even after restarting several times.

    Is there anything else I can do to disable network sharing completely?

    Basically, I don't want to share anything or have my computers connected to any other computers.
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  7.    23 Apr 2018 #7

    You are only seeing other computers because they have discovery on. You can see them but they cannot see you.
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       23 Apr 2018 #8

    Turning off the computer browser service will add to the blocks to networking - Also until you are running the 1803 update due soon, don't forget to disable homegroup services which duplicate the older system services - It's totally removed from 1803
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  9.    29 Apr 2018 #9

    I just realized that i had set my wireless network to public for years. I have set it to private now though.

    Barman58 said: View Post
    Turning off the computer browser service will add to the blocks to networking - Also until you are running the 1803 update due soon, don't forget to disable homegroup services which duplicate the older system services - It's totally removed from 1803
    I can't seem to find the computer browser service anywhere in services.

    cereberus said: View Post
    You are only seeing other computers because they have discovery on. You can see them but they cannot see you.
    I see. I guess i could try and test it with my laptop.
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       29 Apr 2018 #10

    The computer browser is actually now just called Browser which can be a little confusing as most people will associate the word browser with the internet.

    Info
    The computer browser service runs on every system on a workgroup and one computer is elected as the Master Browser [This is normally the system that has been active for longest], which then keeps a record of the names and IP Addresses of all the computers on the network.

    If you have the other network items disabled the browser service may be marked as stopped, but is still worth setting it to disabled, [or better still Manual, which will start the service if some application you use now or add in the future should need it ]
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