Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Network Discovery - Turn On or Off in Windows 7



Network Discovery - Turn On or Off in Windows 7

How to Turn Network Discovery On or Off in Windows 7
Published by Brink
07 Sep 2011
Published by

How to Turn Network Discovery On or Off in Windows 7

information   Information
When you connect to a network, you must choose a network location. There are four network locations: Home, Work, Public, and Domain. Based on the network location you choose, Windows assigns a network discovery state to the network and opens the appropriate Windows Firewall ports for that state.

Network discovery is a network setting that affects whether your computer can find other computers and devices on the network and whether other computers on the network can find your computer.

This tutorial will show you how to to turn Network Discovery on or off in Windows 7.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
There are three network discovery states:
  • On
    This state allows your computer to see other network computers and devices and allows people on other network computers to see your computer. This makes it easier to share files and printers.
  • Off
    This state prevents your computer from seeing other network computers and devices and prevents people on other network computers from seeing your computer.
  • Custom
    This is a mixed state in which some settings related to network discovery are enabled, but not all of them. For example, network discovery could be turned on, but you or your system administrator might have changed firewall settings that affect network discovery. If some but not all of these below are true, then the network discovery state will be shown as Custom.
    • Network discovery requires that the DNS Client (Automatic), Function Discovery Resource Publication (Automatic), SSDP Discovery (Manual), and UPnP Device Host (Manual) services are set to be started.
    • Network Discovery needs to be allowed to communicate (add as exception) through Windows Firewall for the network type that the computer or device is connected to.
    • If you have a 3rd party firewall installed, then you will also need to allow Network Discovery to communicate through it as well.





Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Network and Sharing Center icon.

2. In the left pane, click on the Change advanced sharing settings link. (see screenshot below)
Network Discovery - Turn On or Off in Windows 7-step-1.jpg
3. Click on the Name:  arrow.jpg
Views: 34818
Size:  485 Bytes to expand the network that you want to turn network discovery on or off for. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Normally this would be your current profile.
Network Discovery - Turn On or Off in Windows 7-step-2.jpg
4. To Turn On Network Discovery
A) Select (dot) Turn on network discovery. (see screenshots below step 6)

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Turn Off Network Discovery
A) Select (dot) Turn off network discovery. (see screenshots below step 6)
6. Click on the Save Changes button. (see screenshots below)
Network Discovery - Turn On or Off in Windows 7-step-3a.jpgNetwork Discovery - Turn On or Off in Windows 7-step-3b.jpg
7. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

8. When finished, you can close the Network and Sharing Center.
That's it,
Shawn






24 Jan 2012   #1
power8383

Windows 7
 
 

I was frustrated as 'network discovery' was turning off all the time.
Thanks for telling which services should be started.
All those services were disabled in my computer.

Thanks again.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jan 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Power.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Comment

 Network Discovery - Turn On or Off in Windows 7




Tutorial Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Network Discovery - Turn On or Off in Windows 7
Windows 7 Tutorial Category
Can't turn on Network Discovery in Win 7 Network & Sharing
Solved Cant turn on network discovery; cant turn on Function .... Network & Sharing
Can't turn on network discovery Network & Sharing
How do I turn off network discovery? Network & Sharing
i can"t turn on network discovery Network & Sharing
Can't turn on network discovery! Network & Sharing
Can't turn on Network Discovery etc.. Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:48 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33