I need some help, please, figuring out why we're having issues accessing files previously shared with HomeGroup following the April features (1803) update. I'm optimistic I'm missing something simple & that there's an easy fix. I do understand that HomeGroup was removed in 1803.
Since I'm not sure how to explain, I'll boil it down to one concrete example -- please ask if more info is needed -- between a wired Win 10 Pro desktop (Ethernet to a switch to the router) and a Win 10 Pro SP3 (wi-fi to a WAP that connects to the router via Ethernet). You could multiply this problem by 8 or so because we have a 7 wired desktops and 8 wi-fi Surface Pros & laptops (all running Win 10 Pro) and all in the same workgroup, which IIRC, is left over from pre-HomeGroup times.
Files from all were shared with each other through HomeGroup prior to the 1803 Update.
The first snag was that the update didn't hit all the machines at the same time, which broke our HomeGroup. Yikes. So, then I updated all the machines & thought that would resolve things. It didn't.
So, the simple example is this. On PC1, going to File Explorer, Network, the SP3 1 shows up as a Computer -- double-clicking it takes me directly to all the shared resources with no problem.
But, on SP3 1, going to File Explorer, Network, no Computers show up -- there isn't even a Computer category. The only categories are: Media Devices, Multifunction Devices, Other Devices, Printers, Scanners 😢 PC1 shows up as a media device, but clicking on it only opens Media Player -- it doesn't show the shared files.
Why isn't there a Computer section in File Explorer, Network on the SPs & laptops like there is on the desktop computers? I'm suspecting it has something to do with the fact that the laptops & SPs are using wi-fi rather than Ethernet, but I have no idea what to do.
As described towards the bottom here, I think (haven't tried all the folders) I can get to the shared files on the wi-fi laptops & SPs "in File Explorer by typing the name of the PC and the shared folder name in this format: \\homePC\SharedFolderName." Honestly, though, it's not at all practical for anyone here other than me to remember all those paths.
TIA for any assistance.