Connect Desktop and Laptop RRS feed

  • Question

  • It sounds SO simple !

    ALL I want to do is for Windows Explorer on my Desktop computer to "see" my Laptop, and vice versa (when both are plugged in & switched on, of course !)

    I have tried and TRIED to get it to work, but every time I do (and I don't know how !) it seems to reset itself when I switch off.

    BOTH have internet access through the same Router, one via Wi-Fi, the other via cable through the power socket..

    Both can see the Desktop, but ONLY as a "Media Device" in "Windows Media Player" (which I NEVER use)

    Google tells my how to install cables and routers, etc., but NOTHING about all the different "settings".

    I don't know which computer needs adjusting (nor how !)

    Friday, July 19, 2019 4:36 PM

All replies

  • Open services.msc and set the 2 Function Discovery services to Automatic and start both.

    Disable Firewall.

    S.Sengupta,Microsoft MVP Windows and Devices for IT, Windows Insider MVP

    • Proposed as answer by Kapil.AryaMVP Sunday, July 21, 2019 8:12 AM
    Saturday, July 20, 2019 2:05 AM
  • Hello,

    Please try these steps:

    Run services.msc command. In Services window, set these services to Automatic startup type and also start them:

    Function Discovery Provider Host
    Function Discovery Resource Publication
    SSDP Discovery
    UPnP Device Host 

    Close Services snap-in and see if you can connect systems now.


    Microsoft MVP (Windows and Devices for IT)

    Windows Insider MVP

    Windows Help & Support []

    • Proposed as answer by Kapil.AryaMVP Sunday, July 21, 2019 8:12 AM
    Sunday, July 21, 2019 8:12 AM
  • Hello,

    Please also make sure Network Discovery is turned on.

    Go to Control Panel->All Control Panel Item->Network and Sharing Center->Change advanced sharing settings->Turn on network discovery.

    Best Regards,


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    Monday, July 22, 2019 2:32 AM
  • Hi Robin,

    In addition to Kapil , take a look at this article: How to Connect a Desktop to a Laptop


    Monday, July 22, 2019 4:27 AM