Network Sharing Problem


gmosley

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I suddenly can't access drives on my Desktop PC from my laptop on my home network. On the PC, I've verified that in Network and Sharing Center under Change advanced sharing settings that, under Private, Network Discovery is enabled and that, under All Networks, Turn off password protected sharing is enabled.
On the laptop, under Network, I can see the Desktop PC. When I try to expand or access it, I get the Enter network credentials popup from Windows Security asking for User name and Password.
I upgraded to Windows 11 (Desktop and laptop) within the last month and can't remember if I've tried this access since then or not. It worked fine in Windows 10.
 
Windows Build/Version
21H2 (22000.493)

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700K CPU @ 3.70GHz 3.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia

glasskuter

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On the laptop, under Network, I can see the Desktop PC. When I try to expand or access it, I get the Enter network credentials popup from Windows Security asking for User name and Password.
At this point are you able to enter your credentials and access the drives? The credentials here would be the username and password you have set on your PC.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 22000.832
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 m.2 2230-256+1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium

gmosley

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While I didn't get any responses, I finally tripped over a setting, changed it, and lo and behold, access to the desktop by the laptop began working again. I believe the setting I changed was Settings/Network & internet/Wi-Fi/WiFiName properties where I found Public (Recommended) was selected. I selected Private instead and the problem was solved. Just different enough from Windows 10 to totally confuse me.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700K CPU @ 3.70GHz 3.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia

Bree

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I found Public (Recommended) was selected. I selected Private instead and the problem was solved. Just different enough from Windows 10 to totally confuse me.
Yes, that would do it. There's no sharing on a Public network, whether in W10 or W11. The settings aren't really that different in W11 or W10 though.

Public-Private - W11.jpg Public-Private - W10.png
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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