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If you're getting error 0x800704cf - The network location can't be reached error while accessing specific share in WORKGROUP under Windows 10, try this fix.

For systems connected as a part of domain, we can use same WORKGROUP to share files and folders. This sharing is done through network connections and it is important that all network locations must be well defined; in order to successively share the content. Basically, you can manage the WORKGROUP folders using File Explorer available in Windows 8 or later.

Recently, we came around a weird problem regarding this. In this case, we were able to locate list of files and available shares on the machine. However, when we tried to click on a specific share for instance say Storage, it gives following error:

Windows cannot access <the share>

Error code: 0x800704cf

The network location can’t be reached. For information about network troubleshooting, see Windows Help.

FIX Error 0x800704cf - The Network Location Cant Be Reached

If you’re also facing this same error in your WORKGROUP environment, you can try following fixes to solve this issue.

FIX : Error 0x800704cf – The Network Location Can’t Be Reached In Windows 10/8.1/8/7

FIX 1 – Using Network Adapter Settings

1. Navigate to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Network Connections. In the Network Connections window, right click on your network adapter and select Properties.

FIX Error 0x800704cf - The Network Location Cant Be Reached

2. Next, in the network adapter’s property sheet , you have to uncheck Client for Microsoft Networks option. Then click OK.

FIX Error 0x800704cf - The Network Location Cant Be Reached

Now exit from Control Panel and reboot your system. After restarting the machine, you’ll find that issue has been resolved already.

You can also fix this problem using Registry Editor, here is how:

FIX 2 – Using Registry Manipulation

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to following registry key:


FIX Error 0x800704cf - The Network Location Cant Be Reached

3. Next, highlight the Parameters key and come to its corresponding right pane. Here, make sure that Value data for TransportBindName registry string (REG_SZ) is set to \Device\. Also check whether SMBDeviceEnabled named registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) exists or not. If the DWORD exists and has a Value data of 0 assigned, it means direct hosting is disabled. You have change this Value data to 1, in order to resolve this issue and enable direct hosting. So simply double click on the registry DWORD to get this:

FIX Error 0x800704cf - The Network Location Cant Be Reached

4. Finally, set the Value data to 1 in above shown box and click OK. Close Registry Editor and reboot to get the issue resolved permanently.

Hope this helps!

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  • In my system SMBDeviceEnabled named registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) does not exist. Is this the reason of 0x800704cf error?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Suggest you to create the value and set it to 1, see if it resolves the problem for you :)

  • Unchecking Client for Microsoft Networks worked perfectly. THANKS!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help :)

  • The first step worked. Thanks

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Awesome 😎

  • Hi Kapil!
    I am using windows 10 on Dell Laptop. Two days ago ago I wanted it to restore to an earlier point which was unsuccessful and windows could not load and I had to reset it. After reset windows is working normally but its activation gets failed. Similarly, updates and some apps from store also are not downloaded. error code is 0x0800704CF. Please help me..

  • Hello Kapil, I tried both way, none of the worked for me ;(

  • Its working. Thanks a lot.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Happy to help ☺️

  • Hello, i’m using a windows 7 computer, the 1st procedure did not work, in the 2nd procedure i couldn’t find any SMBDeviceEnabled. How can i fix this problem?

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