Dealing with limited Network list of computernames

Fred Marshall
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This is a combination of questions really that hinge on peer-to-peer network Name Service or lack thereof.
With the release and installation of Windows 10 1803, this has become more critical.

Now, I know that NetBIOS has been deprecated and that Name Service on peer-to-peer networks runs on NetBIOS.  So, it *may* be that Name Service is deprecated as well.
It's a little hard to believe that this could be the case but perhaps so.

I also know that a server-based architecture could take care of this issue.  But sometimes that isn't going to happen or, at least, not happen quickly.
I also understand that some believe that the Network list of computers is unneeded and is indicative of a bad architecture or practices.  I can only respond by noting that we don't live in a perfect world.  Rather, we live in a world that must be dealt with as it presents itself to us.  Not that we are powerless but there *are* practical limits.

Did I cover enough already?

OK - so I'm dealing with situations that depend on having access to file-serving computers that normally would be accessed using the Network list.  Except now they are missing.
I've asked a number of times but it all seems to fold back into NetBIOS being deprecated - so give up??
Examples of this arising include application software that gives a browse capability that can't show everything and/or won't allow typing anything (such as an IP address precursor to a path).

Workarounds that sometimes work are:
- mapping network drives into a local drive letter.  I don't like this but it's sometimes necessary.
- shortcuts that don't use up connections unless in use.
- etc.

Any tips and tricks that might be useful to know?
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Read the following article Network Computers are Not Visible in Windows 10 Version 1803 especially the section
Fix Network Computers are Not Visible in Windows 10 Version 1803
NerdsOfTechTechnology Scientist

Windows key + R
press enter
enter credentials if needed, click remember credentials, then OK.

This should reestablish the link between computers.


NerdsOfTech:  That's exactly what has to be done in order to map a network drive that has no name evident.
The issue isn't simply establishing a link.
The simple issue is that Users expect to find computers on the Network list.  This is a customer satisfaction issue.
The more complicated issue is that application software expects to provide pull-down menus that show available computers.  Some of these will NOT show what's needed if there isn't a name evident.

Thanks for the suggestion nonetheless!


Thank you!  I've been looking for such a solution for a long time.  Too many folks don't believe it's doable.

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