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Windows 7: Cannot turn on Network Discovery and File Sharing


23 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Edition
 
 
Cannot turn on Network Discovery and File Sharing

My computer was infected with some trojans. I managed to clean it up with Microsoft Security Essentials and Spybot S&D. It's running much more smoothly now, but I'm still having one annoying problem. I can't turn on Network Discovery and File Sharing, and I no longer get the option to join my homegroup. When I click Network in my computer a pop up that says "Network Discovery and File Sharing are Turned Off. Network Computers and Devices are Not Visible. Click to change ..." as shown in the screenshot below. I click it, it goes away for second, then comes right back. I don't get the option to join my homegroup, and when I create one, and try to turn on media streaming options, I click the button shown below in the third screenshot, but nothing happens.

I tried going through the automated troubleshooting, but it couldn't fix the issue. I also tried restoring windows firewall to default settings but it didn't work. I did, however, get network discovery to work after I disabled my firewall completely, but I would like to be able to fix this problem without completely turning off my firewall. Unfortunately, I have no restore points from before this issue started happening, perhaps the virus got rid of them all. I'd like to avoid doing a full system restore if possible because it's working okay otherwise and I have a lot of stuff on this computer that will be difficult to back up and recover later.

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iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 579Q6
General Spec 
Brand 
iBUYPOWER 
Model 
Gamer Power 579Q6 
Type 
Gaming 
Processor 
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2GHz 
Processor Main Features 
64 bit Six-Core Processor 
Cache Per Processor 
6 x 512KB L2 Cache
6MB L3 Cache 
Memory 
4GB DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard Drive 
1.5TB SATA-II 
Optical Drive 1 
DVD±RW Drive with Dual Layer media support 
Graphics 
AMD Radeon HD 6850 (1 GB) 
Audio 
Sound card - Integrated 
Ethernet 
Gigabit Ethernet 
Power Supply 
700W 
Keyboard 
iBUYPOWER USB Deluxe Keyboard 
Mouse 
iBUYPOWER USB Mouse 
Operating System 
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 
Special Features 
XION ECHO Gaming Tower 
CPU 
CPU Type 
Phenom II X6 
Installed Qty 
1 
CPU Speed 
1090T(3.2GHz) 
L2 Cache Per CPU 
6 x 512KB 
L3 Cache Per CPU 
6MB 
CPU Socket Type 
AM3 
CPU Main Features 
64 bit Six-Core Processor 
Graphics 
GPU/VPU Type 
AMD Radeon HD 6850 (1 GB) 
Graphics Interface 
PCI Express x16 
Memory 
Memory Capacity 
4GB DDR3 
Memory Speed 
DDR3 1333 
Form Factor 
DIMM 240-pin 
Memory Spec 
2GB x 2 
Memory Slot (Total) 
2 
Memory Slot (Available) 
0 
Maximum Memory Supported 
8GB 
Hard Drive 
HDD Capacity 
1.5TB 
HDD Interface 
SATA II 
Optical Drive 
Optical Drive Type 
DVD±RW 
Optical Drive Spec 
24X DL DVD+/-RW Drive 
Audio 
Audio Chipset 
Integrated 
Audio Channels 
8 channels 
Communications 
LAN Chipset 
Integrated 
LAN Speed 
10/100/1000Mbps 
Front Panel Ports 
Front USB 
2 x USB 2.0 
Front Audio Ports 
2 
Back Panel Ports 
COM 
1 
PS/2 
2 
Video Ports 
1 VGA 
Rear USB 
4 x USB 2.0 
RJ45 
1 port 
Rear Audio Ports 
3 ports 
Expansion 
External Bays 
4 x external 5.25" drive bays 
Internal Bays 
5 x internal 3.5" drive bay 
PCI Slots (Available/Total) 
1 x PCI-Express x16
1 x PCI-Express x1
1 x PCI 
Mouse 
Mouse Type 
iBUYPOWER USB Mouse 
Keyboard 
Keyboard Type 
iBUYPOWER USB Deluxe Keyboard 
Physical Spec 
Dimensions 
19.4" x 7.9" x 16.9" 
Weight 
28 lbs




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23 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

There are many causes and solutions for this problem but it usually has to do with Windows services being disabled or not set to Auto, or the firewall needs to be reset to default settings.

Other solutions in the first link below. Look to the right and you will see many other links with more solutions for this problem.

Cant turn on network discovery on windows 7 ! - Microsoft Community

Often times the Windows firewall is the problem.

How to Repair Windows Firewall Files | eHow.com
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23 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Edition
 
 

I've tried the steps listed in that thread to no avail. I'm unable to reset the firewall to default settings. I started following the steps in your second link, and came across the error in the screenshot when I tried to run "netsh advfirewall firewall reset". It looks like the command can't be found ...


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23 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EmperorNortonI View Post
I've tried the steps listed in that thread to no avail. I'm unable to reset the firewall to default settings. I started following the steps in your second link, and came across the error in the screenshot when I tried to run "netsh advfirewall firewall reset". It looks like the command can't be found ...
Have you tried running the sfc/scannow command to see if there are any missing system files?
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23 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Edition
 
 

Yes, it didn't find any integrity violations. I did not restart the computer after resetting the winsock though. Not sure if that would have made a difference.

Anyway, i did all the steps and restarted the computer, it's still not working. I created a Windows 7 repair disc, I'm going to try and run that and hopefully it will fix it.


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23 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Edition
 
 

All the repair disc did was get me into the same menu that I could have gotten into had I pushed F8 on startup. I ran a startup repair, but it found no errors. Windows starts fine. I have no restore point to go back to, nor a backup that I can restore to.

One thing I noticed was that in services, UPnP was not started and was set to manual. I set it to automatic and started it, but it's still not working.
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23 Jan 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I have had this issue two times, once on my own PC and once on neighbors which I maintain.

On both occasions the only thing that helped was a new clean install. Those malware turns so many services off, even deletes some of them, it seems to be quite a difficult task to clear.

Just my two cents...

Kari
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23 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Edition
 
 

I'd rather not do a clean install. I have too much on my computer, and honestly, other than this issue it's working fine. I can live with it, even if I have to shut off windows firewall every time I want to share media. Still, it'd be nice if there was an faster solution than a clean install.
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23 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Edition
 
 

I ran Spybot S&D's system repair, it reports that a registry key is pointing to a service called InetMgr.exe that it can't find. When I click search and go to the directory where it's supposed to be, none of the files show up. However, if I browse there from windows explorer, it shows all of the file, including the missing InetMgr.exe. I can't get spybot to recognize its existence. I can copy the file to desktop, but I'm not sure if I should point the registry key there. Why wouldn't it show up in spybot's search, but it does show up in explorer?


Also, I attached a list of my services. I tried enabling some more of them, but to no effect.


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24 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Edition
 
 

I uninstalled MSE to see if it would have any effect. It didn't. But now I get an error message at least when I try to restore the default firewall policies. Error code 3.

I tried importing a policy from another computer that was working, but it failed. Error code 5.


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