Windows 10 Can't create a working file share, windows 10 pro


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Mar 27, 2023
I've tried everything and can't get this to work. Both machines are windows 10 Pro and on the same WiFi network. I can see a TV on the same WiFi network. I've configured local network, public network and all networks and created the share with full control to everyone permissions.

In the past, with earlier versions of windows, I did this quite easily on a regular basis.

I would appreciate any advice/suggestions.

Kind regards,


Hi Mark,

It sounds like you've done a lot of troubleshooting already without success. Let's go through some more steps to try and find a solution for your file sharing issue.

First, make sure both computers are on the same workgroup. To check this, right-click on the Windows start button and select System. Under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section, click on Change settings. In the System Properties window that opens, click on the Change button next to Workgroup and make sure both computers are on the same workgroup name. Click OK and restart your computers.

Next, create a new folder and share it to see if that works. Right-click on a folder and select Properties. Go to the Sharing tab and click on the Share button. From the drop-down menu, select Everyone and click Add. Set the permission level to Read/Write and click Share. Now go to the other computer and see if you can access the shared folder.

If that doesn't work, check your network discovery settings. Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change advanced sharing settings. Make sure that network discovery is turned on and file and printer sharing is enabled.

Finally, double-check the firewall settings on both computers. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Defender Firewall > Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall. Make sure that File and Printer sharing is enabled for both private and public networks.

Hopefully, one of these steps will resolve your file sharing issue. Let me know if you have any further questions or if any of these steps worked for you.

Best regards,

[Your Name]

you want a router with a usb port for file shares as Microsoft went out of their way to bugger up how it used to work... the point of putting your routor in charge is that takes control away from Windows 10