How to Turn Network Discovery On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1


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Network discovery is a setting that affects whether your computer can see (find) other computers and devices on the network and whether other computers on the network can see your computer. It's one of several settings that are turned on when you turn on network sharing to have a private network location.

This tutorial will show you how to turn network discovery on or off in the sharing options for private and public network profiles in Windows 8.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
You can turn network discovery on or off independently of network sharing, but it is not recommended.

Here's why. If you're connected to a network in a public location and you decide to turn on network discovery but leave network sharing turned off (set to public network), the network discovery setting will be on for every public network you connect to from then on. This would not be safe. That's why it is recommend to use the network sharing setting following the How to Set Network Location to be Public or Private in Windows 8 tutorial.





Here's How:

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open the Network and Sharing Center.

2. On the desktop, right click on the Network system icon in the taskbar notification area, click/tap on Open Network and Sharing Center, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon, and go to step 4 below.

4. In the left pane of Network and Sharing Center, click/tap on the Change advanced sharing settings link. (see screenshot below)

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NOTE: Normally this would be for the network profile marked as your current profile.

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6. To Turn On Network Discovery for Private or Public Network Profiles
NOTE: This is the default setting for private network profiles.

A) Click/tap on (dot) Turn on network discovery. (see screenshots below step 5)

B) If this is for Private network profiles, then you could also click/tap on (check) Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices. (see screenshots below step 5)

C) Go to step 8 below.

7. To Turn Off Network Discovery for Private or Public Network Profiles
NOTE: This is the default setting for public network profiles.

A) Click/tap on (dot) Turn off network discovery, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshots below step 5)

8. Click/tap on Save changes. (see screenshots below step 5)

9. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

10. You can now close the Network and Sharing Center window if you like. (see screenshot below step 4)



That's it,
Shawn