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Network computers do not display in Windows Vista peer to peer environment

There may be an instance where computers networked through the router do not display under the Windows networking. This can be caused by a active firewall or based on the type of network (i.e. Public, Private, Domain) on each computer. Below is a description of each.

  • Domain: Your computer is part of domain network that contains Active Directory domain controller. You won’t be able to change the network location type because it’s controlled by your network administrator.
  • Public: The computer is connected to a network that has a direct connection to the Internet, such as public network in airport, coffee shop, library and other public areas. Network discovery, file sharing and other network sharing features will be Off if you choose this option, so that you don’t have the risk of exposing the sensitive information from shared folder accidentally. The Windows firewall will play the role to block all the access from other computers unless you allow program exception.
  • Private: This is the setting that your computer is connected to trusted computers in home network or office network. Network discovery and file sharing are On by default (also enabled on Windows firewall by default) if you select this setting, so it’s easier for you to discover other computers and do file sharing.
How to fix it

Solution 1:

  1. Click on the Start menu for Windows
  2. Right click on Network and select Properties.
  3. The Network and Sharing Center window will appear.
  4. Click Customize to change the network type on the right side of the window.
  5. The Set Network Location window will appear.
  6. Select Private type, and then click Next.
  7. Click Close to save the change.
  8. Attempt to view computers under Start and click Network.

Solution 2:

  1. Locate the icon for the third party firewall in the Windows system tray on the bottom right side of the screen.
  2. Right click on the icon and select disable.
    Note: Some firewalls cannot be disabled, while others require certain rights to make changes. Please refer to the manufacturer's user guide or website for further detail on how to temporarily disable and potentially configure.
  3. Attempt to view computers under Start and click Network.
KB ID# SLN64422
4/27/2017 12:09:08 AM
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