Windows 10 1803 has a new way to share files called Nearby Share. It’s a much easier way to share files with other Windows 10 devices that are nearby. For devices that aren’t running Windows 10, you can still share files over the network. The only problem is that there’s a bug in Windows 10 1803 where network devices don’t appear in File Explorer. Microsoft is aware of this bug and there is a fix for network devices not showing in File Explorer.
The problem has to do with certain services not starting properly. There’s a whole list of them that you need to fix but it’s a fairly simple process. You will need administrative rights to do this.
Network Devices Not Showing In File Explorer
Open the run box with the Win+R keyboard shortcut, type services.msc, and hit Enter.
Search for the following services one by one and set their ‘Startup Type’ to ‘Automatic (Delayed Start)’. To change the Startup type, double-click the service once you find it in the list. This will open its properties window. Go to the General tab, and open the ‘Startup type’ dropdown. Select the ‘Automatic (Delayed Startup) option, and click Apply.
- Computer Browser
- Function Discovery Provider Host (FDPHost)
- Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub)
- Network Connections (NetMan)
- UPnP Device Host (UPnPHost)
- Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRPSvc)
- Peer Networking Grouping (P2PSvc)
- Peer Networking Identity Manager (P2PIMSvc)
You need to change the Startup Type for every single service that is listed above. Once you’ve done that, restart your PC. This is not a step that you can skip.
Once you restart your PC, open File Explorer, and click Network on the navigation panel. Your network devices should start to appear now, and you will be able to share and access files from them.
This applies to devices that are not running Windows 10 1803, or any version of Windows such as a network drive, or a Mac or Linux PC on the network. If all your devices still do not appear in File Explorer, make sure that they are connected properly to the network, and wherever applicable, check to make sure sharing and network discoverability has been enabled for all of them. It’s also worth checking to make sure the device can be accessed over the network. For example, an iPhone simply cannot be accessed over the network so don’t expect it to show up in File Explorer just because it’s connected to the same network.
While other devices will now show up in File Explorer, you will still need to enter a username and password in order to access files on them.