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Network Discovery and File/Printer Sharing Reverting to Off

by trclac / April 16, 2010 2:06 AM PDT

I have a perplexing problem, and nothing I've found on the web has been able to resolve it. I am using Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit, and Norton Internet Security 2010 is installed. I have confirmed (more than once) that the active network is the "Home network", but when I try to enable Network Discovery and File and printer sharing under the Home profile in Change advanced settings, Windows keeps reverting the selections back to the off position. I am unable to share files/folders in Windows Explorer, and I assume this is the reason.

I have tried a number of things, including turning off uPnP in my DIR-655 router (as someone suggested), completely disabling the Norton firewall, deleting, then re-establishing the Home Network, but nothing works. My laptop, which is also Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit connected to the same network, allows me to turn on network discovery and file/print sharing, and I am able to share folders/files under Windows Explorer on the laptop. But this issue with the desktop is maddening.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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by trclac / April 16, 2010 2:12 PM PDT

Clicked Restore Defaults in Windows Firewall, and all's good. Unbelievable. An incredible headache and such an easy fix.

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Glad you found a fix...
by CassandraF_WinTeam / April 18, 2010 2:30 PM PDT
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It's always nerve wracking when the fix is so simple, yet so hard to find! Happy to hear all is well now Happy and thanks for following up.


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Same Problem Here
by Wong-Mumet / February 17, 2013 2:10 PM PST

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. File and printer sharing always turn off. I already restore default the windows firewall but the problem still occur. I can't share my files and printer, i can't create homegroup, i can't view other computer, i can't print to another computer's shared printer. Please help..

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