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Causes for “The Network Name Cannot Be Found” error and ways to resolve it

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Waht are the ways to solve “The Network Name Cannot Be Found” error?

You can setup network connections on Windows to share system resources and drives with other users on the network. To view or access the shared drive, you need to open ‘My network places’ or network depending on the operating system. Usually, when you double-click on the computer name, they display shared files and folders but sometimes due to various issues, you get an error message “The network name cannot be found”. This error message means that the Windows operating system was not able to access the computer you are trying to access by name. If you try to access the computer by manually typing in the IP address on explorer, the shared drive or the folder opens up. You also get this message even when you remotely try to access a computer and the access to a particular computer is denied.

Possible ways to fix the error “The network name cannot be found” are:

  • Check network services
  • Share the drive or folder
  • Update Windows or fix system file errors

Check network services

There are many network services that run in the background to serve the needs of network. If any of these services are stopped, you may get the error “The network name cannot be found”. You can type a run line command ‘services.msc’ to check the network service status. You can restart the network services that are stopped. Make sure that ‘File and Printer Sharing’ and client for Microsoft network is enabled on Network Properties.

Shared the drive or folder

Sometimes the shared drive is displayed on network computer even if sharing is disabled. If sharing is removed and you try to access the drive from the network, you may get the error “The network name cannot be found”. So, ensure that the folder or drive, you are trying to access is shared and user privileges are set right.

Update Windows or fix system file errors

The error message “The network name cannot be found” can occur due to system file errors. Check if you get this error message when you try to access the shared drive from any computer or does the error message come up when you try to access it from a particular computer. This way you can identify which computer is causing the issue. To fix the system file error you can execute a run line command, ‘SFC /NOW’. Running Windows Updates can also be an option to fix this problem.

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