i have been trying to set up a simple network between my windows 8 desktop and windows 8 laptop, since last week. I am still surprised that i have to come to a form to ask this, but believe me i have tried every thing in my knowledge and capacity.

Laptop - Windows 8

Connected to Linksys Cisco Router, using wireless connection

All firewalls off on laptop (i.e. domain, private, public)

Desktop - Windows 8

Connected to Linksys Cisco Router, using LAN cable

All firewalls off on desktop(i.e. domain, private, public)

Linksys Cicso Router

Firewall off

Shared a folder in C and D drive of Laptop and Desktop (Allowed everyone full access)

both desktop and laptop have following settings in Network and Sharing Center > Advanced Sharing Setings


Network Discovery:

Turn on network discovery (with turn on automatic setup of network connected devices)

File and printer sharing:

Turn on file and printer sharing

HomeGroup connections:

Use user accounts and password to connect to other computers (have also tried Allow windows to manage homegroup connections)

Guest or Public:

Network Discovery:

Turn on network discovery

File and printer sharing:

Turn on file and printer sharing

All Networks:

Public folder sharing

Turn on sharing so any one with network access can read and write files in the Public folders

File sharing connections

Use 128 bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections

Password protected sharing

Turn off password protected sharing

with all of the above settings, i still can not do this on my laptop:


and can not do this from desktop


also tried their respective local ip addresses, but still get this error "Windows can not access \\LAPTOP" or "Windows can not access \\DESKTOP"

both computers show each other in the "Network" window, but when i click on icons, i still get the above error.

I can not ping each other

I have also tried creating the homeGroup network, but can not see a homegroup created by another pc to join in ...

  • I can not ping each other -> Well, this is certainly a hint that things aren't right. Can both computers ping the router? Are both devices configured to actually BE in the same network? What does ipconfig /all say about your network configuration on your computers?
    – SBI
    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:08
  • yes both can ping router ... both can access the router on ... and therefore both have same Default Gateway and DNS Server Jun 10, 2013 at 9:18
  • What are the IP adresses and Subnet Masks of your DESKTOP & LAPTOP? Jun 10, 2013 at 9:26
  • for Desktop for Laptop subnet masks Jun 10, 2013 at 9:37
  • Is the router isolating your two connections? Some routers have "AP isolation" that prevents clients from talking to each other.
    – Nathan C
    Jun 10, 2013 at 12:00

1 Answer 1


sorted ... but i do not know how ...

I stopped my wifi ... and connected my laptop with a LAN cable ... both PCs were then able to access each others shared folders .... i then connected my laptop again via wifi ... and both were still able to access each other's shared resources ...

the only thing that changed in after putting laptop back to its wifi ... is the ip address of the laptop ... its now ... earlier it was ...

Thanks everyone ... can i mark this an answer ???

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