Windows Defender Firewall is a great feature in modern Windows versions. It was introduced in Windows XP and improved in Windows XP Service Pack 2. In Windows 10, it is part of the Windows Security app (formerly Windows Defender Security Center). Today, we will see how to open a port in Windows Firewall in Windows 10 for an app or a service.
If your PC is a home PC or it is located in a small office, it is probably included to a workgroup without any Active Directory domain or server. When you are connecting your PC to a network, Windows 10 automatically creates a new workgroup, simply named WORKGROUP. After thatn, you can join any existing workgroup on your network or create a new one. Workgroups allow combining PCs to logical groups and act as a basis for file and printer sharing.
In Windows 10, Microsoft has moved many classic Control Panel applets to the Settings app. It is a UWP app created to replace the Control Panel for both touch screens and classic Desktop users. It consists of several pages which bring new options to manage Windows 10 along with some older options inherited from the classic Control Panel. This forces users to re-learn basic ways to manage their PCs. In this article, we will see how to see the signal strength of wi-fi networks in Windows 10.
If your Windows 10 device comes with a wireless network adapter, then it can be configured to connect to a wireless network in advance. You can define a wireless network profile for a network which is currently out of range in order to connect to it later. Sometimes this is very useful.
In this article, we will see how to enable the SMB1 file sharing protocol. In modern Windows 10 versions, it is disabled for security reasons. However, if you have computers in your network that run pre-Windows Vista systems or Android or Linux apps that only work with SMB v1, you need to enable it to network with these devices.
As you may already know, Windows 10 doesn't include the HomeGroup feature starting in version 1803. For many users, HomeGroup was a convenient way to share files and folders over a network. Today, we will see how to share files and folders without using HomeGroup. Instead, we will configure the built-in SMB sharing feature which is there since the earliest versions of Windows NT.
Windows 10 allows the user to share his locally connected printers and stored files with other users over the network. Shared files can be accessible for reading and writing to others. Shared printers can be used for printing on the remote computer. Windows uses 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections by default. Some devices do not support 128-bit encryption and must use 40- or 56-bit encryption. Here is how to switch between file sharing encryption levels in Windows 10.
In Windows 10, most of the network options were moved to Settings. The Setting app and the new Network flyout are completely different from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, the modern user interface of the OS doesn't include an option to disable a network adapter quickly. Instead, we can use a number of classic tools utilities.
With Windows 10 version 1803, Microsoft has removed the ability to create a new HomeGroup. With the removal of the feature, Windows 10 has issues with showing certain computers over the Windows Network (SMB), leaving them invisible in the Network folder of File Explorer. Here is a quick fix you can apply.
In Windows 10, most of the network options were moved to Settings. The Setting app and the new Network flyout are completely different from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The options have been moved around, so it takes longer to open the classic Network Connections folder when needed. To save your time, you can create a special shortcut to access it.