Networking 101

How to see computers on network on Windows 10

Do you need to find a computer in the network? Here's how on Windows 10.

Windows 10 computers in the network

On Windows 10, finding other computers in the local network can come in handy in many scenarios. For example, when you need to access a shared folder or printer or when you need to access a particular application hosted on a remote computer.

Whatever the reason it might be, you can always use File Explorer to find and access devices in the network quickly. 

This guide will teach you the easy steps to quickly find other computers connected to a local network on Windows 10.

Find computers in network using File Explorer

To find computers in the network on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer on Windows 10.

  2. Click on Network from the left pane.

  3. See computers available in the local network.

    File Explorer view network devices

  4. Double-click the device to access its shared resources, such as shared folders or shared printers.

Once you complete the steps, you will be able to access the device. However, you will only be able to access the shared resources as long as the remote device has the same account and password. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to authenticate using an administrator account username and password available on the remote computer to access it.

Enable network discovery on Windows 10

If you can’t see any computer in the network, it’s probably because network discovery is disabled.

To enable network discovery on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Network & Internet.

  3. Click on Ethernet (or Wi-Fi).

    Open network adapter settings

  4. Select the active network connection.

  5. Under the “Network profile” section, select the Private option.

    Network profile private

  6. Open File Explorer.

  7. Click on Network from the left pane.

  8. Click the message at the bottom of the ribbon and select the Turn on network discovery and file sharing option.

    Enable network discovery

  9. Click the “No, make the network that I am connected to a private network” option.

After you complete the steps, you should now be able to see the devices in the network.

Enable network discovery using Control Panel

To enable network discovery through Control Panel, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on Network and Internet.

  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center.

  4. Click the Change advanced sharing settings option from the left pane.

    Change advanced sharing settings

  5. Expand the Private network profile.

  6. Under the “Network discovery” section, select the Turn on network discovery option.

    Enable network discovery in Control Panel

  7. Under the “File and printer sharing” section, select the “Turn on file and printer sharing” option.

  8. Click the Save changes button.

After you complete the steps, you should now be able to find other computers in the local network.