Connect Windows 10 to Wired, Wireless and P2P Networks

In this article we take a look at the many options for connecting to Networks, whether it is a peer to peer network, wireless network, or business network.

Troubleshoot Networking Issues in Windows 10

If you cannot connect to a computer on a network, ensure, appropriate sharing settings are enabled. To do that, right-click your network connection in the Notification Area and click Open Network and Sharing Center. Click Change advanced sharing setting. Make sure to enable these settings for each of the following:

Private –

  • Turn on network discovery (check Turn on automatic setup of network connected network devices)
  • Turn on file and printer sharing
  • Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections

Guest or Public –

  • Turn on network discovery
  • Turn on file and printer sharing

All Networks –

  • Turn on password protected sharing

Once these are enabled, try browsing again.

Adjust network profiles

Security and Privacy

Keeping a network secure is important. Windows 10 includes a new Setting called Wi-Fi Sense which lets you share and access networks without any required credentials. Wi‑Fi Sense automatically connects you to Wi‑Fi if one is available so that you can get online quickly in more places. It can connect you to open Wi‑Fi hotspots it knows about through crowdsourcing or to Wi‑Fi networks your contacts have shared with you by using Wi‑Fi Sense.

Here are a few things to know before you get started:

  • You need to be signed in with your Microsoft account to use Wi‑Fi Sense.
  • Wi‑Fi Sense is available on Windows 10 only.
  • Wi‑Fi Sense isn’t available in all countries or regions.

Learn more: 

How to forget a Wi-Fi Network:

If you have previously connected to networks but would like to forget, you can do so from within Network & Internet (Start > Settings > Manage Wi-Fi Settings.) Click a network and click Forget.

Further reading:

forget network

Unable to access a computer even though you are connected

Sometimes there might be a conflict on the network; you may need to renew your IP Address because a lease has ended. An IP Address is the name suggested as an address for your computer networks. It provides an easy way for your computer to access the Internet and other computers/resources.

Basics you can try:

  • Restart your computer; this can resolve some of the most common network issues.
  • Check that the cable is plugged in and secured properly if your connection is via a wired network (Ethernet).
  • If you are on a wireless connection, try switching to a wired connection and try connecting again.

Advanced troubleshooting:

Press Windows key + X Click Command Prompt (Admin). At the command prompt, enter the following command, then hit Enter






exit the command prompt

If you continue experiencing problems connecting networks or the Internet:

Press Windows key + X click Command Prompt (Admin). At the command prompt, enter the following command, then hit Enter

netsh winsock reset

Hit Enter

Exit command prompt, then restart your computer and try reaccessing resources.

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  1. Thomas

    Exactly what do you mean by ” I am using a CAT5 (Ethernet) connection between two computers.”

  2. John

    Cat 5 generally refers to a type of cable used in networking; “category 5” indicates a specific characteristic relating to the speed of data transfer, and electrical characteristics of the physical wire. That being said, I would hardly consider a cat5 connection between 2 computers as an “internet” connection. Peer to peer yes, but more of an “INTRAnet”. If you have a wifi router, in my humble opinion, you can do just as well setting up your home group through it.

  3. Thomas

    John, you explained a CAT5 cable but you didn’t explain to what the cable(s) is attached. Is the cable connected between two computers? Router to each computer?

  4. Rakesh

    i have purchased Dell all in one and facing network issues, but thanks now i feel i can make my local peer networks with help your article. Thanks

  5. Frank Terry

    I suppose this is great for two or more computers, but it doesn’t help me connect to my printer using the 802.11g wireless connection on an ad hoc network. Windows 10 sucks, and makes what used to be a very simple task far too complex. And I’m not a novice, I started out writing my own programs in dos because there were precious few available to purcase.

  6. Newton Wallen

    I’m retired IT (10 years ago), so is it safe to assume that P2P no longer requires a Crossover cable because of Auto-MDI-X autoswitching? I’ve done some reading on it, and that’s the way it looks. Any opinions?


  7. Sean

    Ahh yeah. First problem here is after hitting the Win key-x then System. There is no place on the window that comes up to hit “Change”. I keep seeing this instruction on diff internet sites all saying hit Change. is my machine broken? Has a virus taken control? or am i blind?

  8. David Levinson

    God Microsoft sucks. Too bad they are a monopoly. I can’t believe they removed peer to peer networking. So lame.

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