Richard Howells' Blog

Why can't I see other machines on the network?

My network (largely Windows 7 machines) partly stopped working, from my laptop.  Explorer would not browse to other machines, the network always showed empty.  OTOH I could map drives by IP address and I could ping them cheerfully.

Other machines seemed unaffected - it was just me.

Hours of Googling got me nowhere.

Yesterday I just lucked onto it.  On my laptop, the windows firewall thought my home network should be treated as public.  Setting it back to a private network seems to have fixed all my woes.

Yahay! :-)

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