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    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC

    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC

    How to View All Network Shares on a Windows PC
    Published by Category: Network & Sharing
    05 Jan 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to View All Network Shares on a Windows PC


    File sharing over a network in Windows 10 allows you to share files and folders on your computer with other users over a private or public network in your workgroup or domain.

    You can set the permissions of a shared file or folder to allow groups or users to have a read only, change (modify), or full control access rights.

    Starting with Windows 10 version 1803, some features of file sharing over a network have changed, including the removal of HomeGroup. However, even though HomeGroup has been removed, you can still share printers and files by using features that are built into Windows 10.

    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to view all network shares on a Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 PC in your network.

    Computers on your network will need to be running to be able to view their network shares.



    Contents

    • Option One: View Network Shares in File Explorer
    • Option Two: View All Network Shares on Current PC in Shared Folders MMC Snap-in
    • Option Three: View All Network Shares on Current PC in Computer Management
    • Option Four: View All Network Shares on Current PC using Net Share command
    • Option Five: View All Network Shares on a Computer using Net View command
    • Option Six: View All Network Shares on Current PC in PowerShell






    OPTION ONE

    View Network Shares in File Explorer


    1 Open Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8/10) Win + E.

    2 Click/tap on Network in the navigation pane, click/tap on the computer name you want to see network shares for. (see screenshot below)

    Sometimes it may take a moment for the Network folder to refresh and show all network devices and their network shares.

    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-network_in_file_explorer.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    View All Network Shares on Current PC in Shared Folders MMC Snap-in


    This option is not available in the Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home, Windows 8/8.1 (core), and Windows 10 Home editions.


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type fsmgmt.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open the Shared Folders MMC.

    2 Expand open Shared Folders in the left pane, and click/tap on Shares. (see screenshot below)

    The folders listed without $ at the end are the ones users shared on this computer.

    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-fsmgmt.msc.png

    3 If you like, you can double click/tap on a share to see its share permissions. (see screenshot below)

    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-share_permissions.png






    OPTION THREE

    View All Network Shares on Current PC in Computer Management


    This option is not available in the Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home, Windows 8/8.1 (core), and Windows 10 Home editions.


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type compmgmt.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Computer Management.

    2 Expand open Shared Folders in the left pane, and click/tap on Shares. (see screenshot below)

    The folders listed without $ at the end are the ones users shared on this computer.

    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-computer_management.jpg

    3 If you like, you can double click/tap on a share to see its share permissions. (see screenshot below)

    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-share_permissions.png






    OPTION FOUR

    View All Network Shares on Current PC using Net Share command


    1 Open a command prompt.

    2 Type net share into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    The share names listed without $ at the end are the ones users shared on this computer.



    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-net_share.png






    OPTION FIVE

    View All Network Shares on a Computer using Net View command


    1 Open a command prompt.

    2 Type the command below you want to use into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

    (only shares by users)
    net view \\<computer name>

    OR

    (all shares)
    net view \\<computer name> /All

    Substitute <computer name> in the command above with the actual computer name of the network computer you want to see its shares.[/I]

    For example:

    net view \\Brink-Laptop

    OR

    net view \\Brink-Laptop /All

    The share names listed without $ at the end are the ones users shared on this computer.

    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-net_view-1.png View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-net_view-2.png
    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-net_view_all-1.png View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-net_view_all-2.png






    OPTION SIX

    View All Network Shares on Current PC in PowerShell


    1 Open PowerShell.

    2 Copy and paste the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Share

    The names listed without $ at the end are the ones users shared on this computer.

    View All Network Shares on a Windows PC-get-wmiobject.png


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. rogerval's Avatar
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro 32 bit ver 1909
       #1

    Hi Shawn, thanks for this tutorial (and your many others!)
    Something I've noticed while working on Windows 10 home (compared to Windows 10 pro) is when I double click on a share name in fsmgmt.msc, nothing happens; I don't get a view of the share permissions.
    (Doing the same in Windows 10 pro does show the permissions, as you've explained in "option three" above.)
    Is this a limitation of Windows 10 home?
    Thanks for your help,
    Roger V.
      My Computers

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,943
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
    Thread Starter
       #2

    rogerval said:
    Hi Shawn, thanks for this tutorial (and your many others!)
    Something I've noticed while working on Windows 10 home (compared to Windows 10 pro) is when I double click on a share name in fsmgmt.msc, nothing happens; I don't get a view of the share permissions.
    (Doing the same in Windows 10 pro does show the permissions, as you've explained in "option three" above.)
    Is this a limitation of Windows 10 home?
    Thanks for your help,
    Roger V.
    Hello Roger,

    It is indeed a limitation of the Home edition. I have now added a note for this.
      My Computers


 

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