Windows 10: Samba access from Android device stopped working

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  1.    27 Mar 2016 #41

    Hi there

    The best we can do (or most of us) is to find a solution that works for us and would hopefully apply to the OP's situation.
    A real problem though - especially with newer members to the Forums is that they often don't provide any feedback - so it's hard to tell if the proposed solution works or not.

    Most people here try and help other users - but users with problems can also help themselves more by providing feedback such as - solution doesn't work, does work or already tried that and no good.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    30 Mar 2016 #42

    I have just encountered the same problem. My Es File Explorer app finds the host and in the past i have used it to connect to my Windows 10 shared folders via smb. I haven't used it for a month or so so i just recently found out that there is a problem. Here are some things worth mentioning:

    1. The app automatically finds the host, which uses static IP.
    2. I use my Windows 10 account credentials (mail + password), and it worked in the past.
    3. When i try to use other app (I tried AndSMB) it works fine. This may be pointing that the problem is with Es File Explorer and Windows or samba.
    4. When i disable password protection, it works fine (for the files that i have enabled Guest access). When there is password protection, even Guest access doesn't work.
    5. When i try to edit the server in Es File Explorer, when i click ok, it shows toast message: Error, cannot find server
    6. I have disabled NetBIOS
    7. I have applied the fix that enables connection to unsecured networks.
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  3.    08 Apr 2016 #43

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    A real problem though - especially with newer members to the Forums is that they often don't provide any feedback - so it's hard to tell if the proposed solution works or not.
    None of the posted solutions have worked so far.

    However, I have news:

    The AndSMB app can still connect to my Windows 10 machine! Unfortunately the app sucks.

    But ES File Explorer can't, and neither can the File Manager from Asus. So, Microsoft probably did change something, which screwed the samba implementations that ES File Explorer and File Manager uses, but the AndSMB solution seems more robust (and they mention cifs too). Let's hope ES File Explorer updates soon, because they're not responding to e-mail.
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  4.    01 May 2016 #44

    Dear All,
    I encountered the issue of this thread, accessing network shares on Windows 10 pc from an android device.
    I encountered the issue immediately after upgrading windows 7 to windows 10 1511 via iso.
    The android app I use is ES File Explorer, the same mentioned numerous times on the thread.
    My android device is Sprint Galaxy S6 running marshmallow.
    I was able to resolve the issue by creating a local account on the Windows 10 PC.
    I am able to use the local account login credentials in ES File Explorer, accessing the computer via the IP address assigned to it by my router.

    My thanks to accordv6 who first pointed out this solution.

    As someone who works in a unix environment at work, I think creating an account on the PC for my android device is a perfectly reasonable solution to solve this problem.

    For what it's worth, I am able to use my hotmail/outlook login account to browse network shares on the windows 10 PC via my Mac OSX laptop running Yosemite. But I am unable to remote desktop into the Windows 10 PC from my mac. Go figure. That is the next problem I will try and solve.

    I registered here because I assumed this forum is somehow related to the sevenforums forum I had used in the past.
    I remember finding that forum useful. The forum I use most often for my professional work is called stackoverflow. It makes me happy because there are requirements for how issues are reported and solutions proposed.

    This "samba access" thread has too many pointless posts. I took the the time to read the four pages. It was clear some people had difficulty comprehending the original poster's description of the problem even though it was stated clearly. I haven't read any faq on this forum's rules yet, but I guess I will because I anticipate I having more issues with Windows 10 in the future.
    Last edited by benjis78; 02 May 2016 at 09:53. Reason: wrote incorrect version of android os
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  5.    04 May 2016 #45

    Hi there

    Not sure why I'm getting involved in this thread any more but a couple of days ago for SAMSUNG Android 6.0 update was available here -- try updating your android devices to 6.0

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6.    26 May 2016 #46

    Hi There,

    I had this problem (and bro's posts did not help at all), but I discovered you can login using ES File Explorer without much issue, only that your username is not what you would expect.

    Instead of using the full e-mail address of your Microsoft account, just use the first five characters. I'm not sure if that's how it generates the username, but you can check what it exactly is by typing 'whoami' in command prompt, and your username will appear after the slash for the domain.

    I almost gave up on ES File Explorer after figuring out that this instantly solved my problem.
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  7.    27 May 2016 #47

    eobet said: View Post
    I used to be able to access my Windows 10 machine from my Android tablet via smb:// but this has now stopped working. My Android file manager app can still discover and get the correct name of my PC, but username/password is no longer accepted.


    The only thing that has changed since I last attempted to access my PC from my tablet is one or two automatic Windows updates.


    I tried trouble shooting and got the “one or more network protocols are missing on this computer” error, which it says it fixed in administrator mode, but it didn't change anything.


    Googling on various fixes mostly seem to result in pages of people not able to connect to the internet at all, but that is not my problem.


    Anyone encountered this?
    I encountered this smb:// connection issue as well, both in es file explorer amd on my fire tv using Kodi. After a lot of googling, I finally discovered the answer from another kodi user. Apparently, after the latest update I am guessing, the user id that is used is whatever Windows has named the folder in the C:\\USERS folder. For example, C:\\USERS\ADMIN would make ADMIN the user id you need to use to log in. Your password remains the same as what you already use to log onto your system.
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  8. Posts : 1
    windows 10 / os x yosemite
       10 Jun 2016 #48

    Hi! I can confirm what waddles and idheaton suggested/ mentioned works for me as well. Been going around this forum looking for a solution to connect my android tablet (es file explorer) and kodi device to my windows shares since the update that broke the share. Thanks for the solution!
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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       10 Jun 2016 #49

    Fixed


    Idheaton said: View Post
    I encountered this smb:// connection issue as well, both in es file explorer amd on my fire tv using Kodi. After a lot of googling, I finally discovered the answer from another kodi user. Apparently, after the latest update I am guessing, the user id that is used is whatever Windows has named the folder in the C:\\USERS folder. For example, C:\\USERS\ADMIN would make ADMIN the user id you need to use to log in. Your password remains the same as what you already use to log onto your system.
    This solution worked for me. Thank you very much!
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  10.    07 Jul 2016 #50

    waddles said: View Post
    Hi There,

    Instead of using the full e-mail address of your Microsoft account, just use the first five characters. I'm not sure if that's how it generates the username, but you can check what it exactly is by typing 'whoami' in command prompt, and your username will appear after the slash for the domain.
    I joined this forum just to thank this user. I've used ES File Explorer for years, and gratefully. I noticed this login problem recently and was going ballistic trying to find a solution.

    I can't remember if I was logging in before using my outlook account email address. Anyways, I did the 'whoami' search and used that as the username. I now seem to recall that's how I may have logged in before, but who knows. Anyways.

    Thanks!
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