Windows 10: The network path was not found error - usual fixes not working Solved

  1.    29 Jun 2017 #1

    The network path was not found error - usual fixes not working

    My Dev computer (Win 10 Pro) cannot get to any shares on my DBServer (Win 10 Pro) anymore.

    I have tried the usual (SMB installed, NetBIOS over TCP/IP, typos in share, both on Private network, network discovery turned on, reset TCP/IP, disabling firewall and antivirus) and still I cannot get it working.

    This started happening after moving to a new office with a new router (Comcast Cable, though the old office was also Comcast)

    Here are the specific symptoms:

    1. DBServer can see and interact with all Dev shares just fine.
    2. Dev can see DBServer in Network, but when I try to go into it to see its shares I get a 0x80070035, The network path was not found error
    3. DBServer cannot even interact with its own shares - it can see its own shared folders in Network, but I get the same error if I try to enter a shared folder from Network.
    4. Same thing if I make a brand new share.
    5. I can get to my Postgres database from Dev's PgAdmin and via Access through ODBC just fine.
    6. I can ping DBServer.

    Anything else I can try other than wiping and reinstalling Windows?
    Last edited by bradlymathews; 29 Jun 2017 at 15:46.
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  2.    29 Jun 2017 #2


    Have you tried any of these fixes?

    Look here: -
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  3.    29 Jun 2017 #3

    Yes, I found that page and tried them all.
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  4.    29 Jun 2017 #4

    Which pc is master browser? run this on all pcs do they all state the right pc for master browser NetBScanner - NetBIOS scanner
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  5.    29 Jun 2017 #5


    Thanks for helping! Ok, all agree that the master browser is my new co-worker's computer, Chris-Work-Pc.

    - Brad
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  6.    29 Jun 2017 #6

    When you look for a share windows doesnt look it asks the MB for details if the MB is not up to date it can give problems you can sometime force it by stop and starting browser service or pinging all othe rpc from MB to force an update
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  7.    29 Jun 2017 #7

    That sounded so good! But rebooting the MB did not fix it. Gotta head out, but back in the office on Monday to try again.
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  8.    07 Jul 2017 #8


    Back to debugging this. So I changed my Dev computer to be the MB (and verified with NetBIOS Scanner). I also re-pinged DBServer for good measure and I am still unable to connect. All other computers on the network ask for credentials when I attempt to connect to them, but DBServer just hangs and then returns the network path not found error. DBServer can still see all of the network resources without problems.

    Any other recommendations for debugging this? Thanks for your help!
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  9.    12 Jul 2017 #9

    Ok, I feel stupid,
    I still had "Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections" set on my Dev computer. Changing to "Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers" fixed it. (this in Control Panel...Network and Sharing Center...Advanced sharing settings for those who need to know where to change the setting)
    I had changed this setting on the DBServer, but that was the wrong side of the communication line and hence the forehead slapping.
    I think the reason this became a problem when moving to the new network is that one of the laptops here is a homegroup "server" and there were no homegroups on my last network.
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