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        Erica Westley
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        Suddenly today, File Explorer is showing my networked laptop as a “Media Device” instead of a “Computer”. This has never happened before. Today, if I double-click the device icon, it opens with Windows Media player. I now can’t access the documents that, until yesterday, I was happily sharing on my home network. A Google search shows that many others have reported this problem over the last 3 years, but despite all the questions and responses I’ve been reading today, I haven’t been able to find a solution that allows me to share this laptop’s files again between networked computers. How could a long-networked computer suddenly turn overnight into a media device??? Between yesterday and today, I had made no changes to my router, to any network or sharing settings, or to any of the computers on my network. I just turned them on as I always do, and tried to open the laptop to share a file – unsuccessfully to my shock!
        Laptop is MS Surface Go, 18 months old. Win10 Pro, Version 2004, OS Build 19041.867

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        Windows 10 Pro version 21H1 build 19043.985 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

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