Home Network: MSBROWSE, File Manager, Discovery


lintek214

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This is "my" solution for getting the Windows 10 and Windows 11 File Managers to proper display all computer names in my home network. I don't claim it's the perfect solution. It's probably no more than a tricky work around. Here is my home network setup.

Windows 10 Home, Discovery=enabled, Workgroup=HOME10, NetBIOS over TCP/IP=enabled
Windows 11 Home, Discovery=enabled, Workgroup=HOME11, NetBIOS over TCP/IP=enabled

Both computer names are displayed in the Network folder when I open the File Manager on either machine.
I turned on NetBIOS over TCP/IP in the adaptor properties so I could see "__MSBROWSE__<01> GROUP Registered".
It is displayed for each machine. When I click refresh in the File Managers the computer names are re-displayed. When before, the Windows 11 computer name would disappear. I would have to restart the FDRP service to get it to show up again.

Yes, I know this is a File Manager/Network folder issue. No dispute, but Microsoft has allowed this to linger around for so long that we users are impatience, and we begin grasping for anything to have the computer names displayed in the File Manager Network folder. Even though the home network connections are most likely working without having the computer names showing up in the Network folder. I guess it gives users a positive visual sense that the Network connections are actually working.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3
    CPU
    1.20 GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
Why do each machine have a different Workgroup? Ideally they should be the same.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WIN 10 Pro
You're right. They shouldn't. And I reset my laptops to the same workgroup. I was reaching for the stars again to see if my Network folder on each laptop would display the names correctly. After more wasted time I fell on this as an answer. I did the unforgivable to most people on this board. I turned on SMB (client/server) on my Windows 11 laptop. I don't care though; these are my laptops. Disabled IPV6 on both. Put both laptops back in the same workgroup. Discovery is enabled on both. Result (and stable after multiple days and reboots): Windows 11 maintains the MSBROWSE list and Windows 10 remains as a client. The Network folder displays the computer names from both. If I enable IPV6 on either laptop it all falls apart.

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3
    CPU
    1.20 GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
I wouldn't recommend disabling IPV6 totally.
Please use this .reg file that sets your system to prioritize IPV4 over IPV6.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters]
"DisabledComponents"=dword:00000032


If you want to read up on this:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Insider Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
Is the hack different from doing the change from the properties if the result is the same?

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3
    CPU
    1.20 GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
Is the hack different from doing the change from the properties if the result is the same?

View attachment 86183
It is not a hack, it is a configuration change.
It is totally different since your setting disables IPV6 altogether which could create issues with some metro apps.
(MS does not recommend disabling IPV6)
The setting I provided prefers IPV4 use but then if needed uses IPV6.
Please read the MS paper on this.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Insider Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
Nah. I'm good. My stuff works. I don't trust MS with configuring a lemonade stand. If Linux did better things on the desktop, I would have jumped a long time ago.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3
    CPU
    1.20 GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
Nah. I'm good. My stuff works. I don't trust MS with configuring a lemonade stand. If Linux did better things on the desktop, I would have jumped a long time ago.
Linux, unlike Unix, is not an OS, it is a kernel, Linux Distro-GNUs are .
But I am too geeky to know that because no one cares.
Both work for me either way.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Insider Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM

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