Cannot Enable Network Discovery     

 

Symptoms

 

You enabled Turn on network discovery from Advanced sharing settings in Network and Sharing Center. However, the changes did not take effect even if you saved it and still set to Turn off network discovery (Figure 1). 


 

Therefore, you cannot turn on Network Discovery, and you experience the following issues: 

You cannot browse or find any network share.

You cannot view shared folders on a local network.

 

 Cause

 

This issue occurs for one of the following reasons:

The dependency services for Network Discovery are not running.  

The Windows firewall or other firewalls do not allow Network Discovery.  

 

Resolution

 

To resolve the issue, follow these steps:

1. Make sure that the following dependency services are started:

  • DNS Client
  • Function Discovery Resource Publication
  • SSDP Discovery
  • UPnP Device Host

 

Start those services by following the steps below:

a. Click the Start button then select Run.

Figure 2



b. Type services.msc then click on the OK button.

Figure 3


                                 

c. Set the Start Type of the services to Automatic, click on the Apply button, then Start button, then the OK button.

Figure 4 DNS Client



Figure 5 Function Discovery Resource Publication



Figure 6 SSDP Discovery


Figure 7 UPnP Device Host

 

 


2. Configure the Windows firewall to allow Network Discovery. To do this, follow these steps:

a. Open Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click Windows Firewall.

b. In the left pane, click Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall if you are running Windows Server 2012. Or, click Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall if you are running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

c. Click Change settings. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

d. Select Network discovery, and then click OK.

e. Configure other firewalls in the network to allow Network Discovery.

f. Turn on Network Discovery in Network and Sharing Center.

 

Figure 8

 

 

NOTE:  When you’re done turning on all networks, click ‘Save changes’