Connecting your computer to a server enables you to access the files from the server and maintain a connection with the other computer on the server without the internet. When you try to connect the client computer to the Windows 10 server, sometimes, it does not connect due to some errors. Check out the following solutions to fix the issue Windows cannot access shared folders.

Setting up a network has the following advantages:

  • You can easily share music or movie files across all the devices connected to the same network.
  • You will be able to share files from any place-either from home or the office.
  • You can also share printers and scanners.
  • You will have the facility of setting up a media server.
  • Last but not least, you can share files just between two machines.

Even though the process of networking computers is pretty simple, there will be some problems as usual. One common issue is the following:

One computer connected to your network will not be able to access the shared folders on another one (that is connected to the same network). Many methods have been introduced to fix this issue Windows cannot access shared folders. Even then, the same problem keeps occurring in many of the modern-day networks.

A well-known cause for many issues in Windows 10 is an incorrect setup. Once you have set up your network in a proper manner, half of your problems will be solved.

Once you have configured your Windows 10 network, you have to set up the folder shares. To do that, make use of the steps given below:

  • First, open your Windows Explorer.
  • Select a folder that you wish to share and then right-click it.
  • Choose the Properties option.
  • Now, click the Sharing tab. Then, click the Share button.
  • A pop-up box will display now. Here, you have to enter the persons to whom you want to grant access to your files. These persons will be the ones who normally log into other computers by using an MS (Microsoft) account.
  • In case you do not have particular users on your home network, choose the Everyone option from the drop-down menu. Click the Add button.
  • Now, you can alter the permission levels in the current window. If you select Read, it means that the users can only read the files.
  • If you choose the Read/Write option, then the users can modify or even delete the files.
  • Click the Share button. Now, keep a record of the links provided to the shared directories.
  • Finally, click the Done button.
  • Now, the share has been configured. Now, you have to try accessing the share from some other computer. To do the same, follow these steps:
  • Navigate to Windows Explorer.
  • From the left pane of Windows Explorer, choose Network.
  • Now, just select your file and try logging in by making use of your credentials.

If you have set up sharing in the proper way, your PC should be able to access shared folders in Windows 10. If Windows cannot access shared folders, you need to carry out the following checks:

  • Ensure that your computers are utilizing the same network.
  • Confirm that you have enabled IPv6 on all the computers in your network.
  • Also, confirm that Network discovery has been enabled on every computer in your network.
  • Now, make sure that the File and Printer Sharing feature has also been enabled on every computer connected to your network.
  • Check whether you have turned off password protected sharing. If you have not, then turn it off now.
  • Confirm that you are logging in by making use of the same account that you used while adding users to Share with.
  • In case you are using the Windows Defender Firewall, perform the following steps:
  • First, open the Firewall app.
  • Choose the Allowed apps option.
  • Next, make sure that File and Printer Sharing is allowed to pass and then check if the problem Windows cannot access shared folders is persist.

If using the above instructions does not fix the problem, then check your networking services. Ensure that all of them are running.

Have a look at the services given below. All these services must be set to Automatic and must be running now:

  • Your DNS Client
  • Your HomeGroup Provider
  • Your HomeGroup Listener
  • The SSDP Discovery service
  • Your UPnP Device Host
  • The Peer Networking Grouping service
  • Your Function Discovery Provider Host
  • The Function Discovery Resource Publication service

In spite of the removal of Homegroup from Windows 10 OS, you can see that the term Homegroup being mentioned all through the operating system.

If you find that your Windows cannot access shared folders in Windows 10, then proceed with these steps:

Try to check the credentials in the computer from which you are attempting to access your files.

  • To do the same, first, navigate to Control Panel. Go to User Accounts.
  • Select Credential Manager.
  • Choose the Windows Credentials option and then select Add a Windows credential.
  • Now, you have to add the IP address of the PC that is currently hosting the file. You also need to add the admin username and password of the same PC.
  • To save all your changes, click the OK button.

After you enter the IP address, username, and password of the computer that is currently hosting the file, do the following:

  • Navigate to Explorer on the other computers.
  • Now, type in the network address in Explorer.
  • By performing the steps given above, you will be able to access the share (theoretically).

In case the above techniques are unable to resolve the issue, you can turn to the Shared Folders troubleshooter. To do the same, execute these instructions:

  • On your computer, go to Settings.
  • Select the Update & Security option.
  • Choose the Troubleshoot option.
  • Then, select Shared Folders. You can start running your troubleshooter from here and also fix the issue Windows cannot access shared folders.
Windows cannot access shared folders