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I can't access another PC on my network by Hostname

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7 / Windows 8

    I can't access another PC on my network by Hostname


    I'm running Windows 8 on a laptop over WiFi. My main computer is Windows 7, with a wired connection.

    In Windows Explorer, attempting to access \\STUDY2 (the main PC) works only about 20% of the time. Usually it gives the 0x80070035 error. This also means network printers (\\STUDY2\HP LaserJet) normally don't work.

    However, I can always access the PC fine using \\192.168.1.xxx\, "xxx" being the currently assigned ending to the IP address of the main PC.

    I have tried:

    • Rebooting the router
    • Assigning a static IP address to the main PC


    Neither has worked. Other (Windows 7) laptops on WiFi have no such issues.



    Thanks for your help.

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  2. #2


    You might have better luck using the Sharing and Permission settings rather than relying on an outdated method for accessing files which takes much more time than conventional modern methods.

    Once the permissions are set you can access all files or folders on Networked machines using Windows Explorer or you can set up a Homegroup.

    It's much easier to click to a machine's file structure rather than typing in it's IP or machine name over and over again.

    You will need to turn on Network Discovery and File and Printer sharing in the Advanced sharing settings.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7 / Windows 8


    Thanks for the help, I'm a bit confused though:

    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    You might have better luck using the Sharing and Permission settings rather than relying on an outdated method for accessing files which takes much more time than conventional modern methods.

    Once the permissions are set you can access all files or folders on Networked machines using Windows Explorer or you can set up a Homegroup.

    It's much easier to click to a machine's file structure rather than typing in it's IP or machine name over and over again.

    You will need to turn on Network Discovery and File and Printer sharing in the Advanced sharing settings.
    The computers are in a homegroup, and the relevant User areas (and some other folders) are all shared. I'm not sure what method you're saying I should use? I am currently trying (attempting, anyway) to use Windows Explorer to browse the file system of the main PC, from the laptop.

    I would prefer to not have to type the IP, but my W8 laptop doesn't seem to be able to resolve the IP to the Hostname of the main (W7) PC.

    After opening Network, "STUDY2" appears in the list of computers. But if I try to open it, I get the 0x80070035 error about 80% of the time. It sometimes works, but usually not.

    If I click in the 'Address bar' of Explorer, and type "\\STUDY2" (or "\\STUDY2\Users"), same error message.

    But, if I type "\\192.168.1.115" (or "\\192.168.1.115\Users"), it always works fine.

    So when a program tries to use a network printer (eg. \\STUDY2\HP LaserJet), it fails about 80% of the time because it can't resolve "STUDY2" to 192.168.1.115.

    I considered assigning this IP in my hosts file, but a) this shouldn't be necessary, b) it restricts the main PC to a static IP and c) I wasn't sure how to do this for computers on a local network.

    Thanks
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  4. #4


    I've read that with Windows 8 computer names don't work like they used too.

    I'm not sure why you would need to type in anything just to access networked PC's because once the permissions are set you can just open up the network folders as required, no need to type in anything.

    Permissions for Homegroups > https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html

    Option 2 shows the basics of NTFS permission settings although sharing with select individuals does not work as it should.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7 / Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    I've read that with Windows 8 computer names don't work like they used too.

    I'm not sure why you would need to type in anything just to access networked PC's because once the permissions are set you can just open up the network folders as required, no need to type in anything.
    You wouldn't normally have to type anything, no.

    The permissions are set fine, but most of the time attempting to access STUDY2 gives a "Network Path Not Found" error.

    You can click in the 'Address bar' in Windows Explorer, then type a file path and it will navigate there. Doing this gives the same error as before, unless \\STUDY2 is replaced with \\192.168.1.115, in which case it works. Once you're in using the IP address rather than the hostname, you can navigate around shared folders as usual.

    So the problem is that Windows Explorer is (usually) incapable of resolving the hostname to an IP address, meaning that double clicking on the computer name STUDY2 gives this error, whereas opening by typing the IP doesn't.

    It's strange how it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.
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  6. #6


    Problems like that can usually be attributed to which ever third party Anti virus or firewall is involved here.

    With the permissions set correctly you should have no need to type anything.
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