Windows 10: Connecting PCs & Users for Sharing XP, Vista, 7, 8 & 10

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
  1.    2 Weeks Ago #1

    Connecting PCs & Users for Sharing XP, Vista, 7, 8 & 10

    The Complete Guide for Home Networks and Sharing.

    Learn it, Master it and Enjoy it. Fast, Secure and Easy.

    "REVISED/UPDATED 6-21-2018"
    This article has gone through a major overhaul. I have broken it down into 7 easy to understand detailed Steps:

    1. Initial Network Settings.
    2. HomeGroup Use.
    3."Part 1" Accessing Network PC's and Their Shared Items.
    4. "Part 2" Taking Ownership of Any Drive, Folder, File & Users/Permissions.
    5."Part 3" Sharing Any Drive, Folder or File.
    6."Part 4" Private Sharing of Any Drive, Folder or File.
    7. Tips for Printer/Scanner Troubleshooting.

    Windows 10 v1803: A Fix for PC Connection Issues in the Home Network

    Since Windows 10 came out, it has the issue of PC icons missing in network folder. One minute they may appear after a restart or Windows update and the next minute they are missing. And one PC may show them and others not.
    ** v1803 may also have issues connecting to other PC's on Network. There is a fix for that here too **
    ** And how to set up Private Sharing **

    Apparently there are some Services that need to be started to fix the issue in v1803 of PC's not being able to connect and share with each other, as only one person told me that someone fixed his connection issues by turning on some services, but he did not know which ones they were. And who knows if after he restarts his PC's, if it is really fixed or not.

    I have played around with several Services combinations in v1803 having issues connecting and sharing with other PC's and no fix, But I will work on that some more when I get some extra time or maybe someone on the web has or will post the fix for it. Maybe there is no fix until Microsoft sends an update to fix it.

    In the meantime, you can resolve this issue without changing your Network setup, messing with your modem settings or changing to Static IP Addressing and/or having to assign them manually for connected devices. This might be accepted to some Home User, but probably would not be accepted by many administrators or home users, especially on more complex Small business or Corporate Networks, Servers and Computers.

    Initial Setup for you Network:
    For Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 Network Sharing.
    For Windows 7, 8 and 10 HomeGroup Sharing: (Excluding W10 v1803).

    Do this on all PC's/Laptops:
    Open Task Manager>>Services Tab>>>>
    More Services>>Open Services (On Bottom).
    or
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\Services

    >>Set both Function Discovery Services to Automatic and start them, This will help discover other Devices or PC's and especially if PC ICONS are Missing in the Network Folder. This does not always work though. "IF NOT", then follow below. Also how to set up sharing between PC's and Users below.



    Also make sure these 2 below will already be running as they should be.
    SSDP Discovery
    UPnP Device Host



    Also make sure these 2 below will already be running as they should be.
    DHCP Client
    DNS Client

    For the 6 Services above, I highly suggest to set them as follows:
    Right click on each one>>Properties





    Now go to: "Optional, Depending on Your Windows Operating System"
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features>>Turn Windows Features On or Off
    Find SMB 1.0 CIFS File Sharing Support (Expand)
    ONLY select "Tick Box", SMB 1.0 CIFS client, OK



    NOTE:>>>> "v1803" After updating numerous PC's/Laptops on many Networks,Windows version 1803 (with HomeGroup now removed). There is an issue with the Host Name Resolution preventing PC's from connecting to each other. One minute they will and they next they will not, or they just will not at all.
    I have turned on about every windows service that was disabled or not running and turned on some windows features that none resolved the problem, including resetting network and adapter drivers and rebooting modems.As mentioned, There is a fix for that below.

    There is also a couple things that you must do after the v1803 Update and you should always check them on any Previous Versions or Windows Operating Systems.

    Go to each PC:
    All Settings>>Network & Internet>>Sharing Options
    or
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced Sharing Settings

    For all Windows OS Versions and OS's that also support Homegroup: "MUST BE SET AS SHOWN BELOW"
    >>Private
    Turn ON Discovery
    Turn ON File and Printer Sharing

    >>All Networks (v1803) - Public Network (Previous)
    These 2 below will be reset to Discovery OFF and Password Sharing On in v1803. Change as follows:
    Turn ON Discovery
    Turn OFF Password Sharing (Unless you want to use it or know how to. Not needed on your Home Network.

    Restart All PC's after making these changes on each of them.

    If you choose to use Password Protected Sharing, leave it turned "ON". Select the PC you want to access in the Network Folder or using IP Address - v1803 Connection Issues . When the Credentials Dialogue Box opens up, enter your user name and password and select the box to remember your credentials. Then you need to go to the other PC you are trying to connect to and confirm "Yes" to allow the other PC to connect to it. You only have to do this one time.

    If for some reason it will not accept your User Name or Password, go to:
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Credential Manager
    and delete the current User Name and Password you may have previously used and try again entering your current credentials.

    NOTE: For those who are still able to use HomeGroup prior to W10 v1803:

    You have to create a HomeGroup, save the password provided to you here, and join the HomeGroup on other PC's and enter the provided password.

    This is done In Network Settings / (Sharing Options)>>HomeGroup.
    Here you also select which of your 4 or 5 Default Personal User Folders to Share. You can add more items to share later using the method below in the Example.
    Ignore Printers as they are shared through the Network anyways.

    You can Right Click on the Item and Select>>Give Access To>>. Here You Can Share or Stop Sharing Any Items or Drives.

    You should also be able to use this process to "Share or Stop Sharing in v1803","Without Connection Issues Between PC's"



    Still having connection issues, reboot your modem and restart all PC's on your Network.
    Still having connection issues, then check it out below to get connected and start sharing.

    *** I want to notify you of a Windows Security Breach to Your User Account Folder that I have seen on numerous PC's, including my own on Vista, 7, 8 and 10 ***
    Open the Network Folder and select your PC. You will probably see "Public" and "Users". Now go to another PC on your Home Network, Select your PC and open the "Users" Folder. If you are Denied Access, then all is good. If you can access anything other than "Public" Folder, then this is the Security Breach.
    So you can go to your C:\ Drive (System)
    Right Click on Users Folder>>Properties>>Sharing>>Advanced
    And Select the Box to NOT SHARE the "Users" Folder>>Apply, OK. This will end this problem.

    Then open C:\Users Folder,
    Right Click on Public Folder>>Properties>>Sharing>>Advanced
    And Select the Box to SHARE the "Public" Folder with FULL Permissions for User "Everyone">>Apply, OK., Apply, OK.
    If it is already Shared with Full Permissions, then all is good.
    Then on your User Account Folder, Verify the Advanced Sharing is NOT turned ON.

    "Part 1" - Accessing Network PC's and Their Shared Items:
    This Covers Setting Up Access to Your Network PC's, with or without the v1803 Connections Issues Between PC's:
    "Private User Sharing" is towards the bottom of the article"

    You need to know you can get FALSE POSITIVES. What I mean is, that it will connect and seem fixed. And then 1 minute or hours later it is back to not connecting.

    If you cannot Connect to other PC's on your Network because of Windows 10 v1803, which also no longer has the HomeGroup, then Create Shortcuts for "ALL PC's" on your Network using PC IP Address.

    There is no altering anything and creating a possible bigger mess for a temporary problem that will most likely be fixed in a Cumulative Update soon or the next Creators Update. What is the difference from connecting to all PC's in the "Network" by the PC Names >> \\PC NAMES << or by the "Network Temp" Folder" >>\\PC IP ADDRESSES << that I am about to explain.

    Windows 10 v1803 Connection Issues Between PC's. And this might fix this type of issue on other Versions or Windows Operating Systems.

    Create 1 shortcut for all of the PC's on your Network.
    Then Create a Folder called "Network Temp" and place all of the shortcuts you create into the "NetworkTemp" Folder.
    And then "COPY & PASTE" ("Not Copy & Paste Shortcut") the "NetworkTemp" Folder to all of the other PC's Public Folders. Then each PC's User can access them all from there or put a shortcut of that folder anywhere on their PC or Pin to Quick Access & Start Menu, etc..

    So to fix this issue, get all your PC's IP addresses located in your modem's device table or on each PC's Network Information Location.
    Windows 10 >>Network & Internet>>Status>> Change Connection Properties.
    To Access Most Modems, Type into Browser 192.168.0.1
    Or look in your Modem Manual, Call Your ISP or Search the Web for the Access Address for Your Modems Model Number.

    To Create Shortcuts with Connection Issues Between PC's:
    Example:
    BOBS-PC in modem device table is:
    \\192.168.0.6
    Right Click on Desktop, Create New Shortcut. In the Wizard type in or Copy & Paste the following and complete the shortcut.
    Location entered is:
    \\192.168.0.6
    You can also Create More Shortcuts or Pin to Quick Access or Start Menu from this Shortcut you just Created.

    In 'THIS PC' - "My Computer". You can also "Add a Network Location". You can also Create a Shortcut or Pin to Quick Access or Start Menu.
    But you have to add Public
    BOBS-PC in modem device table is
    \\192.168.0.6
    Select>>Add a Network Location. In the Wizard type in or Copy & Paste the following and complete the shortcut.
    Location entered is:
    \\192.168.0.6\Public
    Now from the Two Shortcuts Created above or from the Network Folder. Right Click on any PC or Shared Item and Create a Shortcut or Pin to Quick Access or Start Menu, etc.
    You can do this for Any Item you have access to that is shown in the Network PC's Shared Items.Including All PC's Default Public Sharing Folders.

    Now you "MUST" Access the Network by the Shortcuts you Created using the\\PC IP Address and Create any New Shortcuts from this Locations\\PC IP ADDRESS.

    These created shortcuts using PC IP ADDRESSES are only for temporary use so you can connect to other PC's on your Network and Share until Microsoft fixes this issue in Version 1803.

    If you still have an issue, you should reboot your modem and restart all PC's on your Network.

    To Create Shortcuts with a Normal Good Connection between PC's, Do the same as above, but enter the "PC Name" instead.
    Example:
    BOBS-PC
    Right Click on Desktop, Create New Shortcut. In the Wizard type in or Copy & Paste the following and complete the shortcut.
    Location entered is:
    \\BOBS-PC

    In 'THIS PC' - "My Computer". You can also "Add a Network Location".
    Location entered is:
    \\BOBS-PC\Public

    Now from the Two Shortcuts Created above or from the Network Folder. Right Click on any PC or Shared Item and Create a Shortcut or Pin to Quick Access & Start Menu, etc.
    You can do this for Any Item you have access to that is shown in the Network PC's Shared Items. Including All PC's Default Public Sharing Folders.

    "Part 2" - Taking Ownership of Any Drive, Folder or File:
    This Covers Ownerships, Users and Permissions, with or without the v1803 Connections Issues Between PC's:
    "Private User Sharing" is towards the bottom of the article"

    To Share any External Drives or Items in that Drive, Do the Following:
    I am going to explain first on How to Prepare your External Drive's Security, and then you can start sharing.

    To Take Ownership of the Drive and Get It Prepared, Do the Following:

    I Would definitely "Take Ownership" of the Drive. This prevents anyone from taking ownership of it or modifying, moving, changing or deleting any content inside of it. If you assign the "Read & Write Permissions" for the User "Administrator(s)" in the Security Users List after you Take Ownership of the Drive, then you will beprotected. I highly suggest to do this.

    In "This PC" or "My Computer"
    Right Click on the External Drive>>Properties>>Security>>Advanced
    On top next to Owner, Select>>"Change"

    Advanced>>Find Now>>YOUR USER NAME>>OK>>APPLY. Confirm/Yes/Continue:
    Keep Clicking on "Continue" as those System and User Account Files are not applying "YOU" the Permissions. Which is good because you do not need them for your Items or Content to Share.

    This is Very Important. You Now"Must" be on the List and "Must Have Full Control of the Drive". Once you Take Ownership of the Drive, You"MUST IMMEDIATELY":

    Select>>Disable Inheritance>>Convert Inherited Permissions...>>APPLY>>Confirm/Yes/Continue.
    Keep Clicking on "Continue" as those System and User Account Files are not applying "YOU" the Permissions. Which is good because they do not need them for your Items or Content to Share.



    Now Select>>Add>>Select a Principle>>Advanced>>Find Now
    Select>>"Your User Account Name">>OK>>Set Full Control Permissions>>APPLY>>Confirm/Yes/Continue:
    Keep Clicking on "Continue" as those System and User Account Files are not applying "YOU" the Permissions. Which is good because you do not need them for your Items or Content to Share.

    You are now the "OWNER" of the "External Drive" with "FULL CONTROL".
    If you set the User "Everyone" and/or "Administrator(s)" to "Full Control" in theUsers Security List for the External Drive, then any Folder or Item that you select to share in the Advanced Sharing could be Deleted. And otherAdministrator(s) on the same PC can outright Delete or Modify Anything as they are not part of the Network Sharing, they are a Shared User on the Same Computer Operating Under the Rules For Local Administrators.

    I go ahead and set User "Everyone" & "Administrator(s)" to "Read & Write" ONLY in the Security Settings, Just to make sure all content is protected. I suggest you do the same.

    But If you prefer Setting the Users Permissions for "Everyone" and/or "Administrators(s)" to Full Control for the External Drive, then you can use the Default Advanced Sharing for the User "Everyone" and then give it "Read & Write" Permissions. Then people on the Network cannot modify, move, change or delete the Item or anything inside of it.But Administrator(s) still can, no matter what.

    This is what it should look like for the External Drive and Also for the Private Sharing Folder as shown below.
    Which will also be explained in Step 4 below on "How to Privately Share to Specific People on Your Computer and Network"



    This Completes Settings Up the Drive Ownership and Master Permissions.

    "Part 3" - Sharing Any Drive, Folder or File:
    This Covers Sharing Any Items, with or without the v1803 Connections Issues Between PC's:
    "Private User Sharing" is towards the bottom of the article"

    How to Share Drives, Folders and Files:

    It was already explained above on how to share using HomeGroup. And you should also be able to use this same process to "Share or Stop Sharing in v1803", "Without Connection Issues Between PC's".But your Shares are Now Going to Be in The Network Folder Location or the Default C:\Users\Public Folder Location if you use that.

    However, this method is not your best option and limits you on Users and Permissions Control. I will always use the Advanced Sharing Method. So below is the simple way of doing so just like the HomeGroup's Basic Sharing and Stop Sharing process.

    This is the Default Network Sharing Method Since the Inception of Windows Operating Systems:
    Network Folder, Default C:\Users\Public Sharing Folder and Additional Drives, Devices, Files or Folders That You Select to Share Manually."BEST OPTION"

    When using the Default Advanced Sharing for the User "Everyone". Give it "Read & Write Permissions Only". Then the "Shared Items" "CANNOT" be modified, moved, changed or deleted.

    To Simply Share Using Advanced Sharing, Do the Following for All Items:

    Right Click on Any Item>>Properties>>Sharing Tab>>Advanced.
    Select the Box to Share the Drive, Folder or File>>Apply.
    Select Permissions>>And then you will see User "Everyone" in the List.
    Select the Permissions you want to Allow for this Item>>Apply, OK, Apply, OK.
    That is it.

    Now it will be Discoverable in in the Network Folder within Your PC Name.
    Now Anyone Has Access to It From the Network Folder Location.

    Remember, If you had to create shortcuts to the PC's using the\\PC IP Addresses to be able to connect to them, then you Ignore the Network Folder to connect to them and access their shared content. You Must use these Shortcuts.
    Remember, These shortcuts in your C:\Users\Public\Network Temp Folder, can be duplicated and placed anywhere.
    They also can be Pinned to Quick Access & Start Menu.

    This also applies to a Normal Working Connection and Using the Network Folder.

    Also, when you access any PC from the Network Folder or the Shortcuts You Created for Them,
    You Can Also Create Shortcuts From Any Shared item to be Placed on Your Desktop.
    You Can Also Right Click on Any Item and Pin to Quick Access & Start Menu

    If you want to give someone Full Permissions to any items, then just put the items in your C:\Users\Public Folders.

    Here is an Example of SEAHAWKS PC on a Network that is Sharing 6 External Drives and All Content Within Them and the Default C:\Users\Public Folders.
    \\PC NAME and \\PC NAME\Public
    \\PC IP ADDRESS and \\PC IP ADDRESS\Public

    "THIS PC" Location:



    Network Folder Location:



    Names Cut Out for Privacy:
    All Shared Content From the Host PC SEAHAWKS, and the 6 External Storage Drives & the Default Public Sharing Folder:





    Remember, if there is a lot of folders or drives, you can create shortcuts, Pin to Quick Access & Start Menu.

    NETWORK\SEAHAWKS\PUBLIC Folder is the Same as My C:\USERS\PUBLIC Folder.
    "FOR ALL PC's":



    C:\USERS\PUBLIC:



    Then you notice and as shown in my Public Folder., I have created shortcuts to all PC's above as explained earlier. Superfast access to all PC's on my network from here and shortcuts in the other PC's Public Folders as well to all PC's. The best and fastest navigation through your whole network of available access and content.

    This is FVTRAPPERS PC Public Folder below I am accessing from SEAHAWKS PC.
    This will show \\NETWORK\FVTRAPPERS\Public from a normal working connection.

    But since I had to create shortcuts because of v1803 connection issues,
    I connected using the created shortcut
    \\192.168.0.24

    it will show \\Network\192.168.0.24\Public

    This is the 23rd device connected to my home modem/router over the years. The Modem/Router Address is (192.168.0.1)
    The assigned IP Address in the modem for FVTRAPPERS is \\192.168.0.24

    Notice in left Navigation Pane, It shows the 3 PC's by name under Network as they are discovered but can not connect to each other. Then you see the connection I made with the shortcut I created with the IP Address and that is why it is also displayed in the Navigation Pane under Network.



    Then if you right click on Taskbar>>Toolbars>>New Toolbar

    And navigate to C:\Users\Public and select Publicfor your toolbar, you will have quick access to your whole network from here as shown below.





    Remember: if you have connection issues between PC's, Do not use the Network Folder Location or try and access other PC's by the\\PC NAME. You Must use the \\PC IP ADDRESS.

    "I would reboot the modem and restart all PC's when you are finished with the initial setup on all your computer in your Home Network"

    "Part 4" - Private Sharing of Any Drive, Folder or File:

    This Covers Private Sharing to Specific People, with or without the v1803 Connections Issues Between PC's:

    This Is Good for Sharing a Private Selected Drive, Any Folder or Item on That Drive.

    Initial Setup:
    Your External Storage Drive.
    Your C:\Users\Public.

    This is for an External Drive Setup and for the C:\ Drive (System) Setup,

    Now for the External Drive Setup, if you have already prepared your external drive as mentioned in Step 2 above, then continue as follows:

    Private Sharing Folder Located on an External Drive Setup:
    Example: F:\Private Sharing Folder
    Create a Folder and Name it >>Private Sharing
    Now Open it and Create 5 Subfolders: Documents, Links, Music, Photos & Videos.
    This will Keep Your Private Sharing Folder Organized.

    The Security Settings Should Look Like This for an External Drive for the "Private Sharing" Folderas Shown Earlier:



    Private Sharing Folder View:



    Now Right Click on the Private Sharing Folder and Select>>Send to>>Desktop (Create shortcut).
    Now Right Click on the Private Sharing Folder>>Properties>>General Tab.
    Now Select the Box in Attributes for "Hidden">>Apply
    Now it is a "MUST" that in the "CONFIRM ATTRIBUTE CHANGES",
    Select the Top Selection>>"Only Apply Changes to this Folder">>OK or Apply and close out.
    NOTE: If you Hide Everything Inside the Main Folder, then You or the Other People in this Private Sharing Folder will not be able to see the Items inside of it from the Shortcut Folders on the PC Desktops.

    Now right click on the "Private Sharing" Shortcuton your Desktop and Select "COPY"
    Go to the PC of the Person you are sharing this Private Sharing Folder to.

    \\PC NAME\Public
    or
    \\PC IP ADDRESS\Public - For v1803 Connection Issues between PC's

    And in the Public Folder, right click and Select"PASTE"
    "DO NOT PASTE as a SHORTCUT"

    Then Immediately go to that PC or have the Person you are Privately Sharing this Folder to, go into their C:\Users\Public Folder Location and "MOVE" the "Private Sharing" Shortcut to their Desktop. This is because all items in the Public Folders are Shared between All Users on the Network.

    This shortcut on your Desktop and the shortcut for the other person on their desktop is how you will access the main folder to privately share between each other

    "NEVER" Select the Sharing Options, Give Access to, or Use the Advanced Sharing Settings for This Private Sharing Folder.
    "Or it will No Longer Be a Private Share, as it will Be Discoverable in Your Network Shares, Even with It Hidden"

    If for Any Reason You Need to Access the Main Private Sharing Folder to Change Ownership, Users or Permissions/Control, You Will Have to UN-HIDE IT.

    Go to File Explorer Options>>View Tab
    Select>>"Show hidden files, folders or drives">>APPLY
    Make the changes you need and then select in File Explorer Options to "Don't showhidden files, folders or drives">>APPLY, OK.

    V1803 Connection Issues: If the Private Sharing Shortcut placed on the other PC for the Private Share will not connect from the other PC Location, then when you copy the shortcut to their Public Folder, do the following:
    Right click on Shortcut>>Properties>>Shortcut Tab
    Change the "Target" Location to this:

    Private Sharing Folder Located on an External Drive:
    Example: F:\Private Sharing

    "\\HOST-PC-NAME\F\Private Sharing"
    Which is: "\\SEAHAWKS\F\Private Sharing"

    "\\HOST-PC-IP-ADDRESS\F\Private Sharing"
    Which is: "\\192.168.0.2\F\Private Sharing"

    Enter the following into the Shortcut "TARGET" - v1803 Connection Issues
    "\\HOST-PC-IP-ADDRESS\EXTERNAL-DRIVE-LETTER\Private Sharing">>Apply.
    "Be Sure to Have the QUOTATION MARKS on BOTH ENDS of the File Path"

    Remember, if the drive has the Users Administrator(s) & Everyone on Full Control/Permissions, then you can Edit them to "Read & Write Only" in the Security Settings for the Private Sharing Folder.

    ----------------------------------

    ----------------------------------

    Private Sharing Folder Located on C:\ Drive (System) Setup:

    Example: C:\Users\Public\Private Sharing
    Do the same process for the C:\ Drive (System)as you would for an External Drive.

    V1803 Connection Issues: If the Private Sharing Shortcut placed on the other PC for the Private Share will not connect from the other PC Location, then when you copy the shortcut to their Public Folder, do the following:
    Right click on Shortcut>>Properties>>Shortcut Tab
    Change the "Target" Location to this:

    Private Sharing Folder Located on an C:\ Drive (System):
    Example: C:\Users\Public\Private Sharing

    "\\HOST-PC-NAME\Public\Private Sharing"
    Which is: "\\SEAHAWKS\Public\Private Sharing"

    "\\HOST-PC-IP-ADDRESS\Public\Private Sharing"
    Which is: "\\192.168.0.2\Public\Private Sharing"

    Enter the following into the Shortcut "TARGET" - v1803 Connection Issues
    "\\HOST-PC-IP-ADDRESS\Public\Private Sharing">>Apply.
    "Be Sure to Have the QUOTATION MARKS on BOTH ENDS of the File Path"

    Remember:
    "NEVER" Select the Sharing Options, Give Access to, or Use the Advanced Sharing Settings for This Private Sharing Folder."Or it will No Longer Be a Private Share, as it will Be Discoverable in Your Network Shares, Even with It Hidden"

    One final note. Most people have the file explorer option >> Do not show hidden files and folders ON. If they change it to >>Show hidden files and folders, then they can see it if they access the Host PC's Location of the Folder. So, if you want to really hide it, bury it in a sub sub folder and create the Private Sharing Folder and Share from there.

    Restart All PC's on your Network.

    Have Fun!

    For Printers/Scanners. I Have Added Some Basic Troubleshooting Tips:

    After initial setup and you have Printer problems, you can go to:

    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Devices and Printers

    on your other PC's and select to add a printer.

    It will scan and find the printer.

    Then it should install the driver and you are all good to go.

    If it can not find a driver, look in the list for a similar driver or use the CD or the Temp folder usually located in C:\ on the main PC the printer was installed on and locate the driver and copy the driver from main PC Temp folder to other PC's public folder to install the needed driver.

    For wireless, you can connect to the printer by the network icon in taskbar tray. Find it in the discovered list, enter the encryption key and select to auto connect.

    (WPS) uses a PIN# that is located on bottom of Modem/Router or Router.

    Scanner Issues:
    If your Printer/Scanner is installed and your Printer works but your scanner does not by the software provided or manually on the scanner, then try this.

    Go to Control Panel>>Devices and Printers

    Right click on the printer

    There should be scan properties, scan profiles and scan

    Check all those out and see if you can get it working or scan from there.

    You can also right click on printer and select Open to access printer and scanner utilities.

    You can also Right click on Printer and create a shortcut to your desktop and access the scan features mentioned above for convenience.

    You can also select to ADD A DEVICE and also try and Browse to locate the scanner drivers.

    Try the C:\Windows\twain_32 or C:\Windows\System32 locations.

    Also, you should use your software for scanning. Usually you have programs in the Start Menu>>Apps or Programs with all your Printer and scanning software. If you can not scan by pressing buttons on the scanner, then use your software.

    If your printer says it is offline or other problems:
    Check the 'Offline' Setting:

    On Windows computers, there is a setting called Use Printer Offline. If this settings is enabled that would cause your computer to think it is disconnected, even though it is connected and ready to work. To verify that your computer is not enabling the Use Printer Offline setting, follow this below.

    Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Devices and Printers

    Right click on your Printer

    Left click on See What's Printing

    At the top of this window you will see Printer-Document-View

    Left click on the Printer tab

    Make sure that "Use Printer Offline" is not checked. If it is, click on "Use Printer Offline" and this (Will Uncheck It) and will disable it.

    Go to Control Panel>>Devices and Printers

    You can also right click on printer and select Open to access printer and scanner utilities.

    You can also check your Printer property settings and drivers here.

    Restart PC

    Printer Offline or error code 0x000007D1 or Invalid print driver:
    This works for some people.

    Go to C:\Windows

    Right Click on >> Regedit.exe

    Run as Administrator

    View Tab >>Address Bar

    Copy and paste the following in to address bar and press enter.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print

    If the following key exists >> PostSPUpgrade

    Right click on it and select>> DELETE

    Close Registry Editor

    Restart PC

    Log on PC and Open Task Manager>>Services>>More Services

    And make sure Spool or Spooler service is running.

    Firmware:
    Your Printer/Scanner might have a firmware update for it that could help to fix an issue with them not working.

    The firmware is not the drivers and software for your PC. It is for the Printer/Scanner itself.

    Be careful installing the update and follow any OEM's steps properly.

    If you can not install or uninstall for any reasons, Then follow this below:
    Unplug Printer USB or disconnect any Wireless Connections.

    Uninstall any Printer software if you can.

    Restart PC

    Go to:
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\Services
    And stop Print Spooler or Spooler Service.

    Go to:

    C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\x64

    And Delete everything inside it.

    Go to:

    C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\W32X86\3

    And Delete everything inside it.

    **Note: if it is not Folder 3 and is Folder 4, then Delete everything inside of 4.

    Start the Spooler Service (Running)

    Restart PC

    Windows Defender or another Virus Programs Firewall, Incorrect Printer Port setting or incorrect configured Printer properties and improper installation of Printer/Scanner software and drivers could also cause printer/scanner problems. This includes not installing all software packages for your unit. Also, manual printing or scanning from the printer/scanner might not work, but using the installed programs for them as you should use, might then work. Wireless connections could have wrong IP Address or incorrect encryption key or (Pin# WPS) entered.

    ALWAYS install using the driver and software for the printer/scanner or for any device or software, that is for the Windows Operating System/Platform it is designed for by using Compatibility Mode to install.

    How to Install Devices & Software from Older Windows OS's on Newer OS's - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...1-6ab90304d278

    Modem/Router "WAN" Network Setup and most commonly used in All Home Networks by ISP and Windows OS by Default:
    Network Setup for Dynamic IP Addressing - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...=1526935286071

    More Helpful Topics and Tips:

    Connecting PCs and Users for Sharing XP, Vista, 7, 8 & 10- Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...7-1ef360e9ffdf

    Network & HomeGroup Setup and Sharing XP, Vista, 7, 8 & 10 - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...=1526264691930

    Home Network Modem-Router & PC Security & Settings - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...4-1572bc9eb9d0

    Network Setup for Dynamic IP Addressing - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...=1526935286071

    Fix Homegroup Password, Joining and Unjoining Issues - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...a-33275cbebe91

    How to FIX Missing Computer Icons in Network Folder - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...2-2710a7deab27

    How to Install Devices & Software from Older Windows OS's on Newer OS's - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...1-6ab90304d278

    Try to Fix System Problems During or After Windows Update-Upgrade - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...e-36357ed5d523

    Recover Windows Hung Up on Boot or Update Installations - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...1-af12f8b57e63

    Set Up Internet Options for XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10 - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...1-75c464c9cb17

    Editing Photos in Paint - Resolutions-Resizing, Adding Text and More - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...=1529276440418

    Add Quick Launch Toolbar To Taskbar In Windows 10 - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...e-afa1d3af006d

    How to Add a Pagefile to USB Thumb Drive - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...4-c999ce0050bc

    Stop Windows Auto Deleting Thumbnail Cache Updated - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...7-965379fb91f0

    Windows Media Player - Play ALL Video & Audio Formats Easily - Microsoft Community
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...b-8da60b1c1464
    Last edited by Seahawks65; 6 Hours Ago at 05:27.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    2 Weeks Ago #2

    Wow.....! This was a lot of work to put together. Although I have already solved my networking issues, I thank you for your efforts in helping others to overcome theirs.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    2 Weeks Ago #3

    Ya no problem. Thanks! I work on about 30+ PC's a week and about 10+ Business and Home Networks. So I pretty much have it all mastered.
    Last edited by Seahawks65; 1 Week Ago at 15:04.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    1 Week Ago #4

    Seahawks65 said: View Post
    Get connect everyone.
    Nice work!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    SoFine409 said: View Post
    Nice work!
    Thank You. Tried to cover everything and still make it comprehendible, especially with the new connection issues between PC's in v1803.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    4 Days Ago #6

    Seahawks65 said: View Post
    Thank You. Tried to cover everything and still make it comprehendible, especially with the new connection issues between PC's in v1803.

    Many thanks Seahawks65 most complete tutorial there is.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    4 Days Ago #7

    Hi there

    Appreciate all your effort (OP) but it shouldn't be anything like that much work just to share a few HDD's on a HOME type LAN.
    I think you'd need a Ph.D in Computer science / Computer Networks to master that lot.

    Nearly everybody these days has devices to share at home so it's 100% mainstream now and Ms really should address this issue to make it work properly straight OOB - especially if it works OK before major updates.

    I suppose it's a problem now with the regular updates rather than the older service packs because a major update can be almost a new version of the OS itself. Ms should have thought of the implications of doing updates this way rather than the older classical service pack method.

    I have to say though I've used Linux for years and while sometimes drivers might be a problem Networking always seems to work just fine -- configure SAMBA and you're all set.

    It's really annoying when 1 computer for some reason just won't see anything else on the network even though its hardware looks identical to another on the network.

    Windows networking has though always been a dog ever since the early days (Windows 3.11 for workgroups).

    Cheers
    jimbo
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  •    3 Days Ago #8

    Serious that much work, with out the part for v1803 PC connection Issues, that is how it is done. And it takes very little time to set ownership of a drive and set to share with permissions. There is no other way, except map a network drive and that is the worst thing you can do as it can make your file system all screwed up if you are not careful and is not secure and less control.

    I been doing this almost 20 years on Home and business PC's and Networks, Business Networks are different, much more time and involvement, but there is no other way. And once you set it up, it takes 10 seconds to share anything.

    Take Care!

    It has been updated and revised with private sharing. Find somewhere else on the web that will show you how to share privately over PC's and users and the whole network. There aren't any for standard Home Network.

    !00% Secure, fast and trouble free after setup.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  •    3 Days Ago #9

    Hi there
    @Seahawks65
    Using SMB1 is a security risk these days and where possible should be avoided -- that's why it's deprecated.

    Some older Linux / NAS devices might still use it but these days if you have a Linux type NAS in your network you can set the SMB level in the SAMBA config file - windows 10 will see the server without a problem..

    Obviously for sharing with earlier versions of Windows you will need SMB1 but this should only be used where there is no other alternatives available.

    For simple home networks using Windows shares just share the drives at the level you want -- would recommend that you share at directory / folder level rather than at root (i.e Volume level --i.e don't map the entire drive) and simply assign the permissions in Windows via the sharing applet (right click on the folder -->properties).

    You shouldn't have to mess around with reg settings or services for bog standard home networks -- IMO this is 100% bonkers on Ms's part --they need to fix networking so updates don't randomly break it.

    For corporate / e-commerce and other non home type networks then there are other issues -- fine -- but at simple sharing of computers and resources on home LAN's Ms needs to wake up !!

    Cheers
    jimbo
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  •    2 Days Ago #10

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there
    @Seahawks65
    Using SMB1 is a security risk these days and where possible should be avoided -- that's why it's deprecated.

    Some older Linux / NAS devices might still use it but these days if you have a Linux type NAS in your network you can set the SMB level in the SAMBA config file - windows 10 will see the server without a problem..

    Obviously for sharing with earlier versions of Windows you will need SMB1 but this should only be used where there is no other alternatives available.

    For simple home networks using Windows shares just share the drives at the level you want -- would recommend that you share at directory / folder level rather than at root (i.e Volume level --i.e don't map the entire drive) and simply assign the permissions in Windows via the sharing applet (right click on the folder -->properties).

    You shouldn't have to mess around with reg settings or services for bog standard home networks -- IMO this is 100% bonkers on Ms's part --they need to fix networking so updates don't randomly break it.

    For corporate / e-commerce and other non home type networks then there are other issues -- fine -- but at simple sharing of computers and resources on home LAN's Ms needs to wake up !!

    Cheers
    jimbo
    registry settings. who said this in my article connecting pc's and users for sharing.

    I am well aware smb1. If you look at my article nothing you say I already do not know and is there. Obviously for 20 years I have a large home network that is flawless and secure across 6 pc's at times and other devices. I do this for a living with my business . And I am an expert in windows platforms and networking. I am also a Microsoft tech member. I am not bragging but I am very knowledgeable and experienced with a high reputation in my area.

    I also have the only article I know of on how to privately share items to only specific users on Home networks.
    without homegroup or with the v1803 connection issues between pc's in this article.

    Updated today with all information
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  •  
    Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

    Related Threads
    My pc shows a whole bunch of users, and it's causing some permission issues... Why so many in there? Only one user for this machine, myself, what others can I delete safely? 173755
    If I want multiple users to share the same Windows Store app, in this case Kodi media player, it looks like I have to go into the store and install it for each user. Does that mean that the app actually gets downloaded and repeated in each user's...
    Hi guys, I have setup a home group network at my small office between 6 PCs for the file sharing purpose and it works fine. One thing I have no idea about as how to set an access permission for specific users to let them access my shared folders...
    Hi, I run an office with Windows 10 on all the PC. Well, except maybe three. Anyways, I want to allow connection to only one WiFi, which is my WiFi. How do I do this? This is to prevent users from connecting to their Hotspots and stealing my...
    Hi Guys, I was on XP for many, many years. Only switched over to Win 8.1 last April. I couldn't get used to the Windows 8.1 'Metro' UI on my desktop PC, so I installed Classic Shell. What a difference! Looked and worked pretty much as my...
    Our Sites
    Site Links
    About Us
    Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

    Designer Media Ltd
    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:20.
    Find Us