How To Enable and Disable Network Discovery in Windows 10/11

Network Discovery is a feature in Windows 11 as well as Windows 10 that allows our system to find all the other systems( computers , printers, etc.) that are present in the same network. When network discovery is enabled , our system communicates with other systems in the network by sending out broadcast messages. This feature is especially useful when the systems have to share some resources over the network like files, printers ,etc. Having said that , it would be very easy for the attackers to get to the resources as well. Hence , this feature is generally enabled for private networks(at home, organizations) and disabled for public networks(at cafes,airports).


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You can operate Network Discovery in three states.

  • ON : Within the network, your system can find all the other devices and all the other devices and find your system.
  • OFF : In this sate , your system cannot find any other devices. Also, other systems cannot find your device.
  • Custom : In this state , only some of the settings with respect to Network Discovery is enabled.

In this article let us see how to enable and disable Network Discovery using different Methods.

 

 


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Method 1 : From Control Panel

Step 1: In your keyboard , hold the Windows+r keys at the same to open the run window

Step 2: Once the run window appears , type control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter in the Open section and Press OK

 

 

Run Command To Open Network And Sharing

 

 

Step 3: From the Network and Sharing Center window , Select Change advanced sharing settings from the left-hand side

 

 

Change Advanced Sharing Settings

 

 

Step 4 : Here we can setup Network Discovery for different network profiles(Private, Public)

Enable Network Discovery

 

  1.  The page which Opens will have your current Network profile (Private or Public based on your setting) expanded.
  2. Under the Network Discovery option, Tick on the Turn on network discovery
  3. Tick the option Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices.
  4. Press Save Changes

 

 

Enable Network Discovery For Private Network

For Windows 11 users

Just Turn On the network discovery by simply toggling the button for Network discovery On.

On Network Discovery Min

Method 2: From Command Prompt

Network Discovery can be controlled from the Command Prompt as well. However, network discovery will be enabled/disabled on both the network profiles(Private , Public).


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Step 1 : When you press Windows+r at the same time , Run window appears.

Step 2: Type cmd and Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter together. This opens the command prompt with admin rights.

 

 

Cmd In Run

 

 

Enable Network Discovery

To Enable Network Discovery , enter the following command

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=Yes

 

 

Enable Network Discovery In Cmd

 

 

We can see that the Network Discovery has turned ON for all network profiles.

Disable Network Discovery

To Disable Network Discovery , enter the following command

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=No

 

 

Disable Network Discovery In Cmd

 

We can see that the Network Discovery has turned OFF for all network profiles..

 

Method 3 : Enable Network Discovery Via Settings

Step 1: Press Windows+r at the same time , Run window opens.

Step 2: In the Run window , type ms-settings:network and press Enter.

 

 

Mssettings Network

 

 

Step 3:  Settings –> Network & Internet –> Status window opens, it shows the means of connection to the internet(Example, Ethernet ,Wi-Fi, Dial-Up). Let’s say we are connected using Ethernet, we click on Properties button that is below Ethernet.

 

 

Properties In Settings

 

 

Enable Network Discovery

In the appearing Settings window , Choose Private as the Network Profile.

 

Enable Nd In Settings

 

 

With this simple change ,  Network Discovery will be enabled in the system.

Disable Network Discovery

In the appearing Settings window , Choose Public as the Network Profile.

 

 

Disable Nd In Settings

 

That’s All and the Network Discovery will be disabled from the system.

For Windows 11 users

1 – Hit Windows key and I key jointly to Open settings panel.

2 – Select Network & Internet from left side and choose Advance network settings from  right side

 

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3 – Scroll down in the right side and Locate and click on Advanced sharing settings

 

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4 – Now, Turn On the Network Discovery by toggling the option ON.

 

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Thats it. You have just Enabled Network discovery in Windows 11 .

Method 4: From PowerShell

Step 1: Open the run window with the shortcut Windows+r

Step 2: In the window , type powershell and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter together to open the PowerShell with Admin rights

 

 

Powershell

 

 

Enable Network Discovery

In the elevated PowerShell window , type the following command

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Profile 'Private, Domain' -Enabled true

 

Refer to the snapshot below:

 

Enable Nd In Powershell

 

NOTE:

  • The above command would Enable Network discovery on Private and Public network profiles.
  • If you want to enable network discovery only on the Private Network , use the following command:
Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Profile 'Private' -Enabled true

 

  • If you want to enable network discovery only on the Public Network , use the following command:
Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Profile 'Public' -Enabled true

Disable Network Discovery

In the elevated powershell window , type the following command

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Profile 'Private, Domain' -Enabled false

 

Refer to the snapshot below:


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Disable Nd In Powershell

 

 

NOTE:

  • The above command would Disable Network discovery on Private and Public network profiles.
  • If you want to disable network discovery only on the Private Network , use the following command:
Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Profile 'Private' -Enabled false

 

  • If you want to disable network discovery only on the Public Network , use the following command:
Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Profile 'Public' -Enabled false

What if you can’t turn on Network Discovery

  1. In order to make the changes you must have Administrator privileges
  2. For the Network Discovery to be enabled following services should have Status as Running and Startup Type as Automatic
  • DNS Client
  • SSDP Discovery
  • UPnP Device Host
  • Function Discovery Resource Publication
  • Function Discovery Provider Host

In order to verify the same ,  do the following

Step 1: Press Windows+r key together , this opens a run window.

Step 2: Type services.msc and hit Enter 

 

 

Run Command Services

 

 

Step 3: In the Service window, Under the Name column, search for the above mentioned Services and check their Status and Startup Type.

For example, in the below screenshot, DNS Client  service is in Running status and has Startup Type Automatic

 

 

Service Status

 

If it is not running , Just Double click on DNS Client and Click on Start to start the service and also set Startup Type to Automatic.

Similarly do this and check for services given below

  • DNS Client
  • SSDP Discovery
  • UPnP Device Host
  • Function Discovery Resource Publication
  • Function Discovery Provider Host

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Now, try to turn it On again.

That’s All. Thankyou for reading. Hope this has been informative. Let us know in comments the method you liked the most.

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