I've spent a considerable amount of hours (spread over 3 days...) trying to solve a problem.
If I turn OFF the windows firewall, it automatically turns ON the 'file and printer sharing'. And if I turn OFF the file and printer sharing, it automatically turns ON the windows firewall. IOW, I can NOT have the windows firewall OFF and the file and printer sharing OFF at the same time.
I am using ESET firewall and have no need for the windows firewall as it might be the source of problems in some of my applications. One firewall is enough!
I tried so many things. If you have any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.