I can Remote Desktop from computer a to computer b, but (with file sharing enabled on computer b) I try to access file on comport b via file explorer/network from computer a, computer a blue screens. Any thoughts on why and how to fix?
The issue you are experiencing where a blue screen occurs when accessing a file on Computer B from Computer A through file explorer/network could be caused by a variety of reasons. Here are a few possible explanations and troubleshooting steps to consider:
1. Outdated or incompatible drivers: Ensure that the network drivers on both computers are up to date. Check the manufacturer's website for the latest drivers and install them accordingly.
2. Memory issues: Perform a memory check on both computers to rule out any potential issues with RAM. Use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool or third-party software to scan for memory errors.
3. Malware or viruses: Run a thorough scan on both computers using reliable antivirus software to eliminate the possibility of malware or viruses causing the problem.
4. File system corruption: Use the built-in Windows utility called chkdsk to check for and repair any potential file system errors on both computers. Open Command Prompt with administrative privileges and run the command "chkdsk /f C:" (substitute "C:" with the relevant drive letter) to start the scanning process.
5. Network configuration issues: Verify that both computers are on the same subnet and have proper network connectivity. Check the Network and Sharing Center in Windows for any misconfigurations, such as duplicate IP addresses or incorrect network profiles.
6. Windows updates: Ensure that both computers are up to date with the latest Windows updates. Install any pending updates and restart the systems if necessary.
7. Software conflicts: If the issue started occurring after installing or updating specific software, try uninstalling or reverting those changes to isolate any potential conflicts.
8. Hardware issues: If none of the above steps resolve the issue, it's possible that there could be a hardware problem on either Computer A or Computer B. Consider running hardware diagnostic tests or seeking professional help to diagnose and fix any faulty hardware components.
If the problem persists after exhausting these troubleshooting steps, it may be helpful to provide more specific details about the blue screen error message or check the Event Viewer logs for more information. Additionally, contacting Microsoft Support or seeking assistance from a professional technician may be recommended for further analysis and resolution of the problem.