File sharing problem

  1. Posts : 37
    Windows 10 Pro

    File sharing problem

    I have two PCs on a router at home. They the only thing connected to the router.

    I try to share files between the two. Let's call them A and B. Both have been updated to the latest Win Pro 10.

    From A, I can see the files shared by B, however, on B I can not see the files shared by A.

    Also on A, I can not see the files shares by A on the Network tab in Explorer.

    I got B to work once, by changing the WINS setting on its adaptor property, the setting for TCP/IP4, set Netbios setting from default to "Enable Netbios over TCP/IP", then it started to see the shared files on A, which is perfect. However, once I reboot the system, it went back to the same problem. However the setting was still "Enable Netbios over TCP/IP".

    So what else can I do?

    I tried ipconfig /flushdns etc. to no avail.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,037
    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    Lots of resources and tutorials listed here: you could start by checking your configuration (services, settings) as per the tutorials.
    Lets put together a troubleshooting list for Windows networking

    Sharing/networking is less than ideal. Sometimes if I boot my other PC, it can take up to 30 mins before it is identified and accessible. Conversely, if I shut one down, the other still displays it even though it's not available.

    Also consider whether they are logged in using the same account or not.
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  3. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 10,550
    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909

    Rather than share data on computers I use 2 NAS drives connected by Ethernet cable to my Router and store files on them then any computer I map the drives on can access the files as needed. And the drives and Router are running 24/7, usually not much delay in access but Windows may take a bit to read/index the data.
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  4. JackHughs's Avatar
    Posts : 166
    Windows 10 Pro 1909

    I've experienced this same problem. I believe that it is related to Windows' use of a "master browser" to manage networks.

    Please see this thread: Master Browser Timing.

    Turn on both machines. Make sure that neither can go to sleep and wait for a while without making adjustments or changing settings. It may take 30 minutes or more before the both machines are fully aware of each other.

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  5. Posts : 37
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks to you inputs. Then it seems file sharing is really unreliable and requires the computers to be up all the time. It doesn't make a lot of practical sense.

    Is there is way to better manage such a small home network, even going to the extent of setting up a "named" network or domain etc? How can I turn one of the computer as a server using Windows 10, and it becomes the Master all the time?

    Any suggestions.
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  6. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,058
    windows 10

    All you need to do is use IP not name as that doesn't use NetBIOS you can create a simple CMD file to map a drive
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  7. sygnus21's Avatar
    Posts : 5,389
    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.928)

    OneDrive works like a champ for my needs - drag drop, access, share. Easy
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  8. Posts : 37
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Samuria said:
    All you need to do is use IP not name as that doesn't use NetBIOS you can create a simple CMD file to map a drive
    Is it possible for you to detail the steps.

    1) How to fix the ip address for the computer
    2) how to setup the dns or data file that you mentioned.

    A big thanks in anticipation.
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  9. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,058
    windows 10

    Details here once you know the cmd works correct simply save as a .cmd file Quick Ways to Map Network Drive on Windows 10 - Info | Remo Software

    With only a few pcs from cmd prompt find current ip by typing

    iconfig /all

    normally it will be 192.68.1.?

    simply add 10 to last number and in properties set the IP to static on most routers you can tell the router to always give a certain ip to each pc either method works
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  10. Posts : 83
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Isn't that command: ipconfig/all?
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