Windows 10: Laptop can't see others on network

  1.    14 Jun 2017 #1

    Laptop can't see others on network

    Have 2 laptops (Windows 10 Home) and a desktop (Windows 10 Pro), all on same network, same workgroup and all are joined to the same homegroup. All have up to date Windows 10 creators update.
    The problem is, Under network in file explorer, One laptop and the desktop can see the other two but the other laptop can only see itself.
    I ran the network troubleshooter, it didn't find any problems. Reset the network and reinstalled the WiFi drivers on the offending laptop but nothing fixed it. Tried to connect via Ethernet but same problem. Also, The offending laptop is able to ping the other two.
    This shouldn't be so hard.
    Anybody have any other ideas?
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  2.    14 Jun 2017 #2

    I tried changing the workgroup to WORKGROUP1, restarting and then back to WORKGROUP and restarting again in hopes it would reset didn't.
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  4.    14 Jun 2017 #4

    That did the trick, thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
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  5.    15 Jun 2017 #5

    Woops, spoke too soon. All of a sudden the problem returned....Going to go through those steps again tomorrow to see if I can see anything that changed.
    Last edited by imaddicted2u; 15 Jun 2017 at 18:42.
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  6.    16 Jun 2017 #6

    There is an issue with 1703 and it's smb/master browser, so the fixes/workarounds work for some and not others. Going to have to wait for MS to fix

    I was able to workaround the issue, by using USB Stick connected to my routers USB port, which effectively makes the router the Master Browser. The restart order is specific ... power down all pc's / reboot router with USB Stick / then start each pc

    Note: I have a netgear router with readyshare, so the USB Stick is basically a network share that I setup.
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  7.    17 Jun 2017 #7

    More weirdness, Tried following the steps to restart services, didn't work this time. Shut them down and restarted the other laptop first to ensure it was the Master Browser. NetBScanner confirms it is but the offending laptop still can't see it.
    Network troubleshooter, Home group troubleshooter didn't find anything. Network reset didn't help.
    Had all PCs leave the home group. Created the homegroup on the other laptop. The offending laptop couldn't see it.
    Left the homegroup, created homegroup on offending laptop. The other laptop could see and join.
    I hope Microsoft is working on and fixes this issue as I'm out of ideas.
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  8.    17 Jun 2017 #8

    Just thought I'd try restarting in reverse order, with the offending laptop started first to be the Master Browser. Then the other PCs on the network can be seen on it. Still can't join a homegroup created on the other laptop but can be the creator of the homegroup.
    Edit: Master Browser status is lost when laptop sleeps. Even if IsDomainMaster is created in HKLM/System/CurrentControlSet/Services/Browser/Parameters/ and set to Yes.
    Last edited by imaddicted2u; 17 Jun 2017 at 17:07.
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