Windows 10: Win 10 Explorer not showing Network drives Solved

  1.    15 Oct 2017 #1

    Win 10 Explorer not showing Network drives

    Win Explorer shows my network as < empty > on one of my PC's

    A little background info. I have 2 PC's and 2 laptops connected on my home network, all running Win 10 and up until a few weeks ago, everything worked fine. Have not added any new software or changed any settings unless inadvertently. Basically, it was working in the morning and not working later in the day.

    So now -
    Recently, all three other machines can see my PC as a Network drive, and can access it. However, on my PC, the Network listing shows as empty.

    I've reviewed the Network and Local Services settings of one laptop and my pc but could not find anything relating to networking that was different.

    I then setup some Network Locations using the " \\Laptop\Users " setup. This gave me an Explorer entry under My Computer as Laptop but clicking on it showed only a Default and Default.migrated folders. The URL bar showed > Network > Laptop > Users

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    Just for fun, I clicked on Laptop in the URL bar and lo and behold I had access to all the Laptop folders, which could now be navigated, AND, in the left hand pane, the highlight dropped from Laptop to Network. However, clicking now on Network said < this folder is empty >

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    So, I have a feeling that my network and sharing settings are fine, it's Explorer 11 that's acting strange.

    Any assistance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. Posts : 4,778
    Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5
       15 Oct 2017 #2

    If you are not seeing network shares on another machine, this has been caused by smb v1 and also third party security software can cause it. Double check your advance sharing permissions. This is something that has been covered in the tutorials.
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  3.    15 Oct 2017 #3

    Thanks Bro67.

    I've tried it with both SMB 1.0 and its sidekick SMB Direct On and Off with no difference. My other computers have SMB 1.0 On and the SMB Direct Off, and I tried that as well. No difference. What bothers me is that all my machines can actually connect and share files except that on my pc, I can't see the other computers under Network, but only if I go through the \\server\users process, then backup into the \\server part. That indicates to me that somehow File Explorer is missing something that it had previously.
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  4. Posts : 4,778
    Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5
       15 Oct 2017 #4

    You need SMB v1 turned off. You also need to check your advanced Sharing and if set with a Password, you need to use the Username and Password that you have those shares setup as. Instead of sharing between multiple Machines, it is easier to just use a NAS to keep the files up in that local Cloud. This topic is something that you will find multiple topics on an dthe Tutorials are your best source for trouble shooting.

    The one way to know what shares you see is to enter the following command in a Command Window. net use

    See the following on how to map network shares from command. How to Map Network Drives From the Command Prompt in Windows

    We are going to run into this again when the next major update comes out.
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  5.    16 Oct 2017 #5

    Thanks Bro67,

    If you look at the pictures I had posted, you can see that my shares work just fine if I go in via the URL line. Using File Explorer like that demonstrates that Networking and Sharing is working. What is NOT working properly, is that when the Right Pane shows the folders on the remote pc, the NETWORK in the left pane shows nothing. So, File Explorer's Left and Right panes are not sync'd and that's why I'm focused on File Explorer settings and not Network settings.
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  6.    16 Oct 2017 #6

    Problem Solved

    Thanks Bro67 and everyone else for at least looking to help.

    I found the answer in the following. Apparently a gremlin or line bump corrupted the Registry to cause the problem. I guess the ## denotes a REM and essentially hides the network computers.


    { scroll down the thread several pages for this }

    Check the following registry key - \HKEY)CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MountPoints2
    Delete anything with ## in front of it. Then restart the computer
    If I ever have an issue with disconnected drives or drives with red X's against them showing up. Deleting these keys usually resolves it.

    Edited by GMTeacher Saturday, November 14, 2015 1:51 PM
    Proposed as answer by Notori0us Friday, January 22, 2016 7:24 PM

    Friday, November 06, 2015 3:00 PM


    Thanks everyone

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  7. Posts : 4,778
    Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5
       16 Oct 2017 #7

    Just remember that the method listed in the link I posted, gets you into the raw interface to find out maps. There is always SPECCY that you can use, which pulls from different areas. The other is using Policy, which writes the Registry entry for those items.
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