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    Posted on peterhb24 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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      • #2171727 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        I’m having trouble with my network connections. I have two PCs and a Synology NAS on the same LAN. I always had good connectivity and the ability to move files and folders between machines. One of my machines was on Windows 7 and a laptop running Windows 10. The Windows 7 machine recently gave up the ghost with a hard drive failure and I decided to replace it with a new Windows 10 machine (Lenovo all-i n-one).After this I find my network has gone to pot and mostly I can’t see the network from either PC but sometimes it does come up and I can browse as I would expect(about once a week). I have checked all the network settings and cant find anything untoward. Of course the settings on the Windows 10 machine remain unchanged which is even more of a mystery. Has anyone any ideas how to proceed on this?

      • #2171783 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        Wired or wireless connection?


      • #2171819 Reply
        Rick Corbett

        When you had the Win 7 PC you used ‘Network Neighbourhood’ to browse/view other devices. Windows 10 has changed the legacy method of ‘browsing’ your network by removing the insecure SMB1 protocol often used in ‘man in the middle’ and ransomeware attacks. (This is particularly important for laptops that may move from your own relatively secure home private network to, say, an insecure public network.)

        The ‘modern’, secure method of ‘file sharing’ is to map drives to folders on other devices that you want to share files with instead of ‘browsing’ to them. If, however, you still want to ‘browse’ your network then it involves checking that some newer services are running.

        Have a read of this Microsoft article, particularly the section named Explorer Network Browsing, for a better explanation and ‘how to’ access other Windows devices.

        For your NAS, see this Synology Knowledgebase article: Store files to Synology NAS from a Windows PC within the local network.

        Hope this helps…

        • #2171825 Reply
          Da Boss

          When you had the Win 7 PC you used ‘Network Neighbourhood’ to browse/view other devices.

          Wasn’t “Network Neighbourhood” a Win95 thing? I doesn’t show in Win7, and I can see “My Network Places” in WinXP VM.

          • #2171905 Reply
            Rick Corbett

            Only a week or so since I last used Win 7 and already I’ve forgotten what the network browse thingy was called. 🙂

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