How to Enable Windows Network Discovery

Network Discovery allows a Windows computer to find other computers and devices on a network.

Normally, Network Discovery is turned on when connected to private home or office network.
When connected to Public networks of access points, Network Discovery is turned off so that other computers on the untrusted network cannot see your device.

Windows 10 troubleshooting assistance, please refer to to Answer ID 20735: My Cloud, My Cloud Home, or My Passport Wireless Not Detected on Windows 10 Network

Open Network and sharing center in Control Panel.

  1. Click on Start (Windows logo) at the bottom-left of the screen

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  3. Type Network Sharing Center from the search bar as shown below

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  5. Click the Network and Sharing Center application as shown below

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Turn-On Network Discovery

  1. Click Change advanced sharing settings from the side panel as shown below

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  3. Click Home or Work

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  5. Select Turn on Network Discovery

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  7. Click Save Changes

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  9. Click Public

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  11. Select Turn on Network Discovery

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  13. Click Save Changes

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  15. Reboot the computer for the changes to take effect

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