If Windows 10 File Explorer not showing network computers or any other network devices under Network pane, this article will help you to fix it.

We all know that Microsoft has removed HomeGroup with Windows 10 V1803 or later. Our following guide provides you alternatives for HomeGroup:

HomeGroup alternatives in Windows 10 V1803 or later

With HomeGroup removed, you might see the problem of network computers not visible under File Explorer > Network. Only the machine on which you’re atm is showing while none of any network devices or computers visible as shown in below screenshot:

FIX Windows 10 File Explorer Not Showing Network Computers

This might be big issue for those users who often network to connect the networking devices. Note that though network computers may not be visible under Network section of File Explorer, you can independently access them by the computer name or the IP address via Run dialog. So how to let network computers also visible under File Explorer? Well, try out below mentioned fixes and they’ll solve this problem for you.

FIX: Windows 10 File Explorer Not Showing Network Computers

FIX 1 – Turn On Network Discovery

1. Open Control Panel, using Windows Search or Cortana.

2. In Control Panel, navigate to All Control Panel Items > Network and Sharing Center > Change advanced sharing settings.

3. Next, in Advanced sharing settings window, under Network discovery, select Turn on network discovery option. Also check Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices option. Click Save changes.

FIX Windows 10 File Explorer Not Showing Network Computers

4. Close Control Panel and restart your system. After reboot, you must be able to see network computers under File Explorer > Network.

To learn more about network discovery, see this guide.

FIX 2 – Via Services Snap-in

If FIX 1 doesn’t worked for you, then it might be possible that required services are not running on your system.

1. Press W8K + R and type services.msc in the Run dialog box, hit Enter key to open Services snap-in.

Services Windows 10

2. In Services snap-in window, scroll down and look for Function Discovery Resource Publication service. As you’re facing this issue, the service will not be running. So double click on it to modify its status.

FIX Windows 10 File Explorer Not Showing Network Computers

3. On the service property sheet, set its Startup type to Automatic. Then hit Start button to run the service. Click Apply, followed by OK.

FIX Windows 10 File Explorer Not Showing Network Computers

Close Services snap-in and restart your system. After reboot, you can see network computers in File Explorer, as shown in below screenshot.

FIX Windows 10 File Explorer Not Showing Network Computers

Checkout this video to illustrate this fix:

Hope this helps!

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  • the only way i can get my computer to connect to the internet since the upgrade is by restoring it to a time before the upgrade ,,, thanks windows for another fine ******* … keep up the bad work and keep enhancing your name as the worst company on the planet by far ..how would you like it if i lifted the bonnet on your car every month and disabled it ,,,just think of the problems that i would cause you ,,,

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You can submit your opinion to Microsoft via Feedback hub app.

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