Windows 10: Windows 10 PC can't see other shares in Workgroup

Discus and support Windows 10 PC can't see other shares in Workgroup in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; We set up our small business network as a Workgroup awhile ago with all Windows XP computers. Some have been since upgraded to Windows 7, others to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by kyleknapp, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. kyleknapp Win User

    Windows 10 PC can't see other shares in Workgroup


    We set up our small business network as a Workgroup awhile ago with all Windows XP computers. Some have been since upgraded to Windows 7, others to Windows 10. The most important issue is a folder on an XP machine that all others in the network need to be able to access.

    We just installed a new Windows 10 PC. I joined the workgroup, but not all the PCs in the workgroup show up in File Explorer (in particular, the one I need is not there). I tried mapping a drive letter to the share, but the login screen is confusing, asking for an email address and PIN (I've never seen or used anything like this, always logged on via account on the target computer).

    So I click "More Choices", where it allows me to put in the userid and password of the matching account on the target XP box, but it just returns me to the "email/pin" screen with a cryptic message:

    "A specified login session does not exist. It may already have been terminated."

    Help...

    :)
     
    kyleknapp, Nov 29, 2017
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  2. sato_slp Win User

    Switch from Homegroup to Workgroup

    Hello, I had 4 W7 PCs in a Workgroup WiFi network, sharing files, Internet connection and printers each other, one of those W7 PCs was upgraded to Windows 10, and it have Homegroup instead of Workgroup, it can connect to WiFi and Internet, but can't connect
    into Workgroup so it cant share folders and devices, I suspect it's because it have Homegroup instead of Workgroup, is there a way to switch this PC to Workgroup? thanks
     
    sato_slp, Nov 29, 2017
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  3. Want windows 10 machine to rejoin a workgroup and see files on XP machines

    This was working but with the last Windows update my Windows 10 machine no longer sees the Workgroup it belongs to. I can find no instructions anywhere on how to get it to see the other Workgroup machines again and to be seen by them. What happened? How
    do I fix it?

    The Workgroup name is intact and has not changed on the Windows 10 machine but it can't find the network or the workgroup. Network Discovery is turned on. This had been working just fine for over a year such that I could share files and printers.
     
    Bernard Corrigan, Nov 29, 2017
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  4. kyleknapp Win User

    Windows 10 PC can't see other shares in Workgroup

    PS, I am able to ping the target computer
     
    kyleknapp, Nov 29, 2017
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  5. kyleknapp Win User
    I managed to disable PIN login (the tutorial here didn't quite fit, there is no "remove" option on my screen - I must have a new version of Win10?). Anyway, now it asks for ID/Password as expected, but still the same error message.

    I notice that for all other computers on the network, the userID is the same as the ComputerName. - Is that important?
     
    kyleknapp, Nov 29, 2017
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  6. kyleknapp Win User
    I disabled PIN login, and changed my computer name to match the login ID. Now I can map and access the folder I need (though I still can't "see" it under networks in file explorer, but the target computer CAN see this one...)

    However, now every time I re-boot I get a screen prompting me to re-enable PIN login, with a message
    "Your organization requires Windows Hello"

    the screen offers NO OPTION to bypass or decline setting up a pin. I can click the button, which brings me to an online login screen, where, after logging in with an authorization code, I can click cancel and proceed (after another warning) without setting up a PIN.

    So I tried re-enabling the PIN option to see if it would "remember" how to log into the network share. It worked once, then failed after the next reboot.

    Is there a way to PERMANENTLY disable "Windows Hello" (whatever the heck that is) so Windows will stop hassling me to enable PIN?
     
    kyleknapp, Nov 29, 2017
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  7. kyleknapp Win User
    Okay, I've learned that the person who installed this computer chose the "My Organization" option rather than "I Own It". This, I think, means logging into a domain (which we don't have). My guess is this is the source of the "Your organization requires Windows Hello" message.

    Is there a way to undo this setup choice?
     
    kyleknapp, Nov 29, 2017
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  8. Steve C Win User

    Windows 10 PC can't see other shares in Workgroup

    I fixed a similar problem last week by assigning a fixed IP address to each PC in the router. You also need to set the sharing and security permissions to Everyone for the shared folders and ensure file & printer sharing is on with no password for access.
     
    Steve C, Nov 30, 2017
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  9. kyleknapp Win User
    kyleknapp, Apr 5, 2018
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