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Windows 7: Cannot turn on Network discovery and file sharing

20 Aug 2009   #1
oisin53

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Cannot turn on Network discovery and file sharing

I have 2 PCs connected to a Win 2003 Ent server domain (not R2 - this is the original 2003 version), although the Domain was originally setup using Win2K My laptop, which connects wirelessly has network discovery turned on and no probs. My desktop (Wkstn1), however, does not allow me to turn on the service. I'm on a domain not homegroup.

Both Win 7 installs were upgrades on Vista Ultimate, and both PCs have pretty much the same software. I'm using ESET Nod32 v4 on both (server has no AV). I was at one time able to turn on Network discovery (share drives and printers on the domain). Now no go.

The server has DHCP and DNS enabled on a static IP, and AD of course. I reserved IPs for the 2 PCs on the network. The gateway is a hardware firewall router (Watchguard) which also has a static IP.

I've tried resetting the Wkstn1 account (and resubmitting credentials) to see if that improves things but no. Group policy updates fine.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Tom


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20 Aug 2009   #2
visy199

XP SP2
 
 

Go Start/Run,type "services.msc" and check if these services are enabled:
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service
DNS Client
Function Discovery Resource Publication
SSDP Discovery
UPnP Device Host

Hope it helps!
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21 Aug 2009   #3
oisin53

Windows 7 x64
 
 

All are running. Same issue. This just drives me nuts. I moved recently and the server was down for a few days. I turned the router's DHCP service on, which prob confused my Wkstn Domain settings.
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29 Dec 2010   #4
gtroop

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Same issue here. Noticed that the Workstation service was not runnning and it can't be started because of dependencies.

Found out that Workstation is dependent on Alerter and Messenger and these two doesn't eveen exist in my list of services.

Any idea how to restore them? This has worked previously and I cant think of anything I installed recently!
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30 Dec 2010   #5
oisin53

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Not sure. I checked my Workstation service and I don't find Alerter or Messenger as dependencies. I don't have either listed as services either. My issue was resolved by tweaking Group Policy on the server (I've since upgraded to 2008 R2 x64)
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04 Jan 2011   #6
gtroop

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oisin53 View Post
Not sure. I checked my Workstation service and I don't find Alerter or Messenger as dependencies. I don't have either listed as services either. My issue was resolved by tweaking Group Policy on the server (I've since upgraded to 2008 R2 x64)
Perhaps my info about dependencies was wrong then, found it on some website I don't remember. But the problem persists. Can you give me a hint on how you tweaked group policies on the server?
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11 Mar 2013   #7
chris23i

win 7 64 bit
 
 

try turning off windows firewall. Then you should be able to turn on file sharing and network discovery
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25 Mar 2013   #8
Giles

Windows 7 64 bit Ubuntu12.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chris23i View Post
try turning off windows firewall. Then you should be able to turn on file sharing and network discovery

Worked just fine.
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