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network discovery and file sharing won't turn on


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#1 wlee_home

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 02:13 PM

All of a sudden my windows 7 machine that I have my external hard drive connected to can't see or be seen by any of my other 3 computers.  When I look at the network the info panel pops and says network discovery and file sharing is turned off.  When I click on it to turn it on it won't turn on.  I've been to tons of sites and turned on various services but nothing helps.

 



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 02:18 PM

Have you rebooted the computer after turning the services on? What services did you turn on? Just to verify the correct ones that need to be turned on.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 07:51 PM

Have you rebooted the computer after turning the services on? What services did you turn on? Just to verify the correct ones that need to be turned on.

Chris I have rebooted many times.  Don't remember all the services I've looked at maybe you could just tell me what services I need to have on.  I'm pretty sure all the services are on.  I think it is a firewall issue.  THX for any help.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 08:00 PM

Launch Windows firewall with advanced security. On the right hand side you'll see "Restore Default Policy." Click this and reset the firewall policies. This has been known to cause problems with Network Discovery.

 

*NOTE*

This will erase any policy that you have defined for any incoming/outgoing rules. Just a FYI.

 

If this doesn't fix the issue, when I get back in my office tomorrow, I'll give you the list of services. From my memory though, I do know that SSDP Discovery and UPNP Device Host need to be running.


Edited by chrisd87, 16 September 2013 - 08:01 PM.

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