Windows 10 Pro Cannot access shared computers / folders on network

We bought 2 computers with the exact same build except one had windows 10 home and the other Pro. I am adding these computers to a functional network made up of windows 7, 8 and 10 HOME computers. The new windows 10 home computer was added just fine.

The new windows 10 PRO computer can join the network, see other computer, access the internet and even share documents on the network but when it try's to access other computers shared folders it gets the "access denied" error.  This computer only has windows ten pro installed on it, no security programs installed or other changes done to factory settings.  There is no need for credentials or passwords on our network.  our network is set up as a wired only network and IPs are static. (tried switching to auto IP/dns settings to test but no help). All other windows 10 computers are Home versions and were added to our network using the same methods without problems. 

 

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When Microsoft removed Homegroup from Windows v1803 and it effect all sharing. Here is some things you can do.

To get you PC's to visible under File Explorer network section then most important part is to start some required services.

Push Win Key and type "Services", locate those services, start them and set Start type to Automatic (Delayed Start). 

Services are:

   - Function Discovery Provider Host

   - Function Discovery Resource Publication

   - SSDP Discovery

   - UPnP Device Host

Update = Replace old bugs with new ones.

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My computer is visible and can share with other computers on the network. Please read the question and description of problem

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This seems to address a lot of problem I don,t have. Is there a particular fix in this that you are referring to that will help me with my needs?

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access denied usually is if you have password sharing on. Turn it off.

Go into credentials manager and remove the old user and password you might have used in the past to connect to certain PC's. Make sure all PCs are on or off for password sharing.

Maybe turn ON password sharing and see if you get the credentials box and enter your user and password, then go to the other PC and confirm allowing access to it.

If you now sign in using Microsoft account, then you will probably have to use your email address and email password to access other PC's if password sharing.

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Have you check that all PC's are using same network profile (Private / Public)?
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I have seen this problem on a number of Windows 10 and Windows 7 computers on my private home network and tried various solutions found in searches, but haven't been very successful in solving the issue.

One solution which seems to work fairly well is to rename the computer. For example: Rename MYPC to MYPC1.

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Thank you so much for posting this.  My new computer running Windows 10 was not able to see another computer on my network that had a shared folder I need to regularly access. I tried everything I could find online and nothing worked until I changed the name of the other computer as you suggested.  What a stupid windows glitch! 

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Ditto.  Changing the name worked when all else failed.

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I had a slightly different issue but similar to the extent that my Windows 10 machines wouldn't recognize eachother by name.  My solution was to substitute the ip address of the target machine in place of its name.  

Look it up in Network and Sharing centre / Connections: Ethernet / Ethernet status / General / Details / IPv4 address

and it will typically be something like 192.168.x.x

(there may be quicker ways to discover a machine's ip address, this worked for me)

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