I can't see network shares neither print to network printers even if I am able to ping the network resourcers. Printer are installed correctly but then when I send a page to printer it simply doesn't print. For network shares while I can ping the machines hosting the share when i try to access the share enter


This sounds like a common problem with the Windows Firewall. Details on how to allow file and printer sharing through the Windows firewall can be found here:


  • It is something more complicated. I have completely disabled Windows firewall and tryied it again. Same result: i can ping DAVES-PC but then for \\DAVES-PC i get the message: "Windows cannot access \\DAVES-PC".
    – register
    Mar 28 '11 at 10:53
  • Have you disabled the firewall on daves-pc?
    – Majenko
    Mar 28 '11 at 10:54
  • Yes. All my colleagues can access the share.
    – register
    Mar 28 '11 at 10:59
  • Try restarting the Workstation service in the windows Services control panel
    – Majenko
    Mar 28 '11 at 11:00
  • I have just found that the shares that I cannot access are on domains that are different from the one I'm joined to
    – register
    Mar 28 '11 at 12:19

Some of the necessary Windows services may be stopped or disabled on your system. To repair the possible wrong configuration, you can run Troubleshooter via Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Troubleshoot problems > Shared Folders if you are on Windows Vista/7.

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