Windows 7 not seeing network PCs and USB drive on router

Hi,
I have an Asus RT-N56U router to which you can attach a USB drive for sharing documents. I have been trying to access this USB drive from my Windows 7 64 bit PC but with no luck at all. The Windows 7 PC also does not recognise any other PCs on the network (for example a Windows XP PC), though I can access the Windows 7 PC from the XP machine. 
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks!

Hi,

1.     Do you receive any error message?

You can follow the methods below and see if it works fine.

Method 1

You can follow the steps below and see if you’re able to access the USB drive.

a)     Click Start.

b)    In the search box type Network and sharing.

c)     Go to Advanced sharing settings.

d)    Turn on Network discovery under Network discovery.;.

Method 2

For Windows 7 computer not recognizing Windows xp computer on a network, you can refer the article below.

Networking home computers running different versions of Windows

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Networking-home-computers-running-different-versions-of-Windows

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Hi,
if i try to connect directly (eg by typng \\192.168.1.1 in a folder) I get the error Windows cannot access \\192.168.1.1 and it tells me to click diagnoise to identify network problems, but when I click diagnose it never finds anything. If I click show details in the error box, I get error code 0x800704cf The network location cannot be reached. 
I have tried method 2, but no luck
thanks

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Last updated May 13, 2020 Views 1,488 Applies to: