Windows operating systems are prone to network problems, and your Windows 11 machine may encounter the same issues. Network Discovery has a major issue accessing other network-enabled devices on the same Wi-Fi network. Turning on Network Discovery does not resolve the issue either. Users see an error message, “Network Discovery is turned off.”
We have provided a few steps in this gearupwindows article to help you fix the Windows 11 “Network Discovery is Turned Off” issue.
How to Enable Network Discovery on Windows 11?
First, you need to ensure that Network Discovery is enabled on your Windows 11. For that, use these steps:-
Step 1. First, open Control Panel.
Step 2. Then, click on the
Step 3. Now, click on the
Step 4. In the left sidebar, click the
Step 5. When you’re done, the Advanced sharing settings page will open. Here, click on the
Step 6. Here, turn on the toggle switch
If after enabling the “Network discovery,” you still get the error “Network Discovery is Turned Off,” you need to start some dependency services on your Windows 11 PCs.
How to Turn On and Start Network Discovery’s Dependency Services on Windows 11?
Follow these steps to enable and start Network discovery’s dependency services:-
Step 1. First, open the Run dialog box.
To do that, press the
Step 2. In the Run box, type the following and press
Step 3. In the Services panel, you’ll need to enable and start the following services:-
- DNS Client
- Function Discovery Resource Publication
- SSDP Discovery
- UPnP Device Host
I will show an example, and you can start the other services similarly. For instance, to start “UPnP Device Host” service, do these:-
Locate the “UPnP Device Host” entry and double-click on it to open its setting. Ensure “Startup type” is set to either
If a service is already running, you can stop and start it again.
How to Allow Network Discovery in Windows Firewall?
If the above steps cannot resolve the Network discovery, you should allow it from Windows Firewall. To do that, follow these steps:-
Step 1. Open Control Panel.
Step 2. Ensure “View by” is set to
Step 3. In the following screen, click on the
Step 4. When you’re done, Windows Defender Firewall will open. Click on “Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.”
Step 5. Click on the
Step 6. Now, scroll down in the list and place a checkmark for “Private” beside the “Network Discovery” option.
Step 7. Finally, click the
How to Reset Network in Windows 11?
If none of the above methods solve your problem, you need to reset the network adapter in your Windows 11 PC.
Follow these steps to reset the network adapter in Windows 11:-
Step 1. First, launch Settings app.
Step 2. Next, click
Step 3. On the right pane, click the
Step 4. Under “More settings,” select the
Step 5. Then, click on the
Step 6. In the pop-up window that appears, click the
Now, your PC will restart to reset the Wi-Fi and Ethernet adapters. You may need to re-install Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter drivers.