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“Network Path Was Not Found” Error in Windows

Troubleshooting Steps

Basics

Verify the path: Double check the spelling of the network path and device name. Avoid spaces or special characters if possible (for example \COMPUTERNAME\sharedfolder).

Enable Network Discovery: In Windows Settings –> Network and Internet –> Ethernet or WiFi –> Change advanced sharing options, make sure “Turn on network discovery” and “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices” are selected.

Internet Connection: Make sure both your device and the target device are connected correctly to the network.

Restart Devices: Restart both your computer and the device hosting the shared folder.

Check Shared Folder Permissions

On the device with the shared folder, right click the Folder –> Properties –> Sharing.

Make sure the folder is shared and the “Everyone” group has at least read permissions.

Firewall

Disable your antivirus/firewall to see if it’s interfering. If it fixes the issue, you’ll need to add an exception for file sharing in your firewall settings.

SMB 1.0

In some cases like on older network devices, you might need to enable SMB 1.0.

Go to Windows Features (search in the Start Menu) and enable “SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support”.

Caution: SMB 1.0 is outdated and has security vulnerabilities. Use it only temporarily for troubleshooting then disable it unless absolutely necessary for legacy devices.

IP Address vs. Computer Name

Try using the target device’s IP Address instead of its computer name in the network path. Find the IP address of that device through its network settings.

Check Network Services

Press Windows key + R, type services.msc, and press Enter.

Make sure the following services are started and set to Automatic:

– Function Discovery Provider Host

– Function Discovery Resource Publication

– SSDP Discovery

– UPnP Device Host

Reset TCP/IP:

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  • Type these commands, pressing Enter after each:
  • netsh int ip reset
  • netsh winsock reset
  • Restart your computer.

Advanced Fix

Registry Edit: There are registry tweaks to modify network security settings, but this should be undertaken with caution. Research specific changes and create a backup before editing the registry.

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