Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10

    information   Information
    By default, the first time you connect to a new network (wired or wireless), you will be prompted "Do you want to allow your PC to be discoverable by other PCs and devices on this network?" by the Network Location wizard for a network location. For example: Private, Public, and Domain. Based on the network location you choose, Windows will automatically assign a network discovery state to the network and opens the appropriate Windows Firewall ports for that state.

    Network discovery is a network setting that affects whether your computer can find other computers and devices on the network and whether other computers on the network can find your computer.

    There are three network discovery states:

    Discovery State Description
    On This state allows your computer to see other network computers and devices and allows people on other network computers to see your computer. This makes it easier to share files and printers.
    Off This state prevents your computer from seeing other network computers and devices and prevents people on other network computers from seeing your computer.
    Custom This is a mixed state in which some settings related to network discovery are enabled, but not all of them. For example, network discovery could be turned on, but you or your system administrator might have changed firewall settings that affect network discovery.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off network discovery for private and guest or public networks on your Windows 10 PC.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to turn on or off network discovery.

    Note   Note
    Network discovery requires that the services below are enabled and running.

    How to Start, Stop, Restart, and Disable Services in Windows 10
    • DNS Client
    • Function Discovery Resource Publication
    • SSDP Discovery
    • UPnP Device Host


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Network and Sharing Center
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Network Discovery for All Network Profiles in Command Prompt





    Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Settings

    Note   Note
    This option (OPTION ONE) will also set the network location to either private or public.
    • If you turn on network discovery using this option, it'll set the network location to private by default.
    • If you turn off network discovery using this option, it'll set the network location to public by default.

    If you like, Option Two and Option Three will let you turn on or off network discovery without changing the network location.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Network & Internet icon.

    2. Do step 3 (Ethernet) or step 4 (Wi-Fi) below for the type of network you are currently connected.


     3. To Turn On or Off Network Discovery of Ethernet Network

    A) Click/tap on Ethernet on the left side, click/tap on the Ethernet connection (ex: Brink-Router2) on the right side you are currently connected to, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)
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     4. To Turn On or Off Network Discovery of Wi-Fi Network

    A) Click/tap on Wi-Fi on the left side, click/tap on the Manage known networks link. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on the wireless network name (ex: Brink-Router2) you are currently connected to, click/tap on Properties, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Turn on or off Make this PC discoverable for what you want to do. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    The Make this PC discoverable setting will not be available if you have UAC set to Always notify. Setting UAC to a different level will allow Make this PC discoverable settings to be available.

    The Make this PC discoverable setting will not be available if you have created a Hyper-V virtual switch with this Ethernet connection.


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    6. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Network and Sharing Center

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon.

    2. Click/tap on the Change advanced sharing settings link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Select (dot) Turn on network discovery or Turn off network discovery for what you want to do, and click/tap on Save changes. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    Under the Private network profile, you can also check (on) of uncheck (off) Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices if turning on network discovery.


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    5. When finished, you can close Network and Sharing Center if you like.






    Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Network Discovery for All Network Profiles in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you want to do.


     3. To Turn On Network Discovery for All Network Profiles

    A) Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=Yes

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     4. To Turn Off Network Discovery for All Network Profiles

    A) Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=No

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    5. You can now close the elevated command prompt if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    09 Feb 2017 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Pretoria South Africa
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    Hi Shawn,

    I have been having quite a few problems lately (after trying to install HP printer software), where modems, routers etc would not be found when plugged into the network Ethernet interface.

    I have discovered that "network discovery" is not always ON and that furthermore, if On, that the following services are not always running.

    For example right now for the network connection I have plugged in now the following applies

    The network is "private" and is my home ADSL LAN router.

    DNS Client === Automatic ==== Running
    Function Discovery Resource Publication ==== Manual ==== Running
    SSDP Discovery ==== Manual ==== Running
    UPnP Device Host ==== Manual ==== Stopped.

    Please could you advise me if these settings are correct? Should they not all be "Automatic" and "Running" ? for an existing connection?

    Has this got anything to do with the WORKGROUP setting?

    lastly, where in Regedit can one see a list of the networks previously discovered when connected to the network card?

    I will post another set of information for another router that I am having plenty of trouble with, but to do that I have to disconnect and connect to that router.

    The other router is also a ADSL router that I am trying to get to the point where I can reconfigure the router as an AP, but to do that I need to be able to access its admin settings and my PC fails to find and see that router.
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  2.    09 Feb 2017 #2
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    Hello Geoff,

    Those services are set the same for me using a Private network with Network Discovery turned on.

    You can find network connections in the subkeys of the registry key below to hopefully help.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network

    Network profiles are listed in the key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Feb 2017 at 15:25.
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  3.    09 Feb 2017 #3
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Pretoria South Africa
    Posts : 242
    Win 10 Pro Build 1703 15063.332

    Thank you!

    Very surprised to see the profiles are clean and uncluttered. And thanks for confirming the services running for network discovery are the same. I only have hassles with that blasted HP Printer!

    best
    Geoff
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  4.    09 Feb 2017 #4
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    You're most welcome Geoff. I hope you get the printer issue sorted soon.
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