Network Path Not Found: How to Fix This Error?

By Dominic Chooper on June 15, 2023

Computers connected to a network can share data, files, and folders remotely, provided that the network path is distinct and detectable. However, at times you may face errors such as “Network path name was not found,’

In this article, you will find all these fixes discussed and described so that you can choose one or many of them to rectify the error in no time.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why is the Network Path Not Found?

Just as it is in most cases, an outdated operating system and drivers on a PC may cause a lot of issues, and not finding the network path is one of them.

The Windows Defender Firewall protection may also be interfering and preventing the network path from being found.

Here are some other proven reasons for a network path not being detected by a PC:

Just as the causes of a network path not being found are many, so are its fixes. This is a common issue most users face while connecting to a remote computer. However, there is not much to worry about because there are some effective fixes for this error.

10 Ways to Fix the Network Path Not Found Error

Ways to Fix the Network Path Not Found Error

Most issues related to networks can be fixed quickly by resetting the TCP and IP. This usually refers to setting the Domain Name System and the IP protocols to their default settings.

Some other simpler methods to resolve this specific issue are:

If these simpler fixes cannot resolve the issue, then here are some more complicated ones to try out, such as:

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If you are interested in knowing the specific steps to follow for each specific method to fix the network not found issue, continue reading.

Method 1: Make Changes in Network Services

Sometimes a simple change in the settings in the TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper may resolve the issue of the network path not being found. If it is set to manual, change it to automatic and then run it.

STEPS TO FIX:

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Properties

Following the same steps, you will need to start the following services as well by changing the Startup type to Automatic for all:

Check whether or not the issue has been resolved. If the problem persists, try the next method.

Method 2: Make Changes in the Registry Editor

A few specific changes made in the Registry Editor may help your system find the network path.

STEPS TO FIX:

Now, when the Registry Editor window opens, click on the small arrows next to the following folders in the left panel in the exact order to expand them:

When you reach there, you will typically find two specific folders under it, such as HardwareID and Store.

Right-click on HardwareID

Confirm Key Delete

Repeat the above process for the other file and delete it as well.

When you are done deleting these two folders, restart your system and check whether or not the issue has been fixed.

Now, close all of the expanded folders and then expand the following folders in the exact order:

Double-click on the Parameters folder and then select the AllowInsecureGuestAuth file from the right side of the window.

If it is not there already, you will have to create one first in the following way:

Select DWORD

Select Modify from the drop-down menu

Edit DWORD

Now, restart your computer and check if the issue has been fixed.

Method 3: Make Adjustments to the Local Security Policy

You may need to make some changes in the Local Security Policy if the above two methods cannot rectify the issue of the network path not being found.

STEPS TO FIX:

local security policy

Network security LAN Manager authentication level

From the following window, select ‘Send LM & NTLM – use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated.’

Click on the Apply button, and then click on the OK button.

Send LM & NTLM – use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated

Finally, restart your computer and that should rectify the problem.

Method 4: Make Changes in the Windows Credentials

The credentials of Windows may not be set on your system and that might also cause the issue. You can add one to fix the problem.

STEPS TO FIX:

Click on Credential Manager

Windows Credentials

Type the address of the website or network location and your credentials

Method 5: Turn On the SMB 1.0 Feature

There may be issues with the Server Message Block (SMB) feature in Windows that are preventing the network path from being found. Check it and turn them on to resolve the issue.

STEPS TO FIX:

Select Programs and Features

Turn Windows features on or off

(Alternatively, you can also go to the search box, type windows features and hit Enter.)

In the Turn Windows features on or off window, scroll down to find SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support.

finding SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support

When Windows has completed searching for the necessary files and making the changes, click on the Close button on the window.

Now, restart your computer and check whether the network path can be found. If it is still not found, make some changes in the Local Group Policy, if that feature is available in your version of Windows, to try and solve the problem.

gpedit.msc

This will take you to the Local Group Policy Editor window.

From the left panel of this window, click on the following folders under Local Computer Policy:

Now, double-click on the file Enable insecure guest logons on the right side of the window.

Enable insecure guest logons

Clicking on the small circle next to Enabled

Now, when you restart your system, the problem of the network path not being found may be resolved.

Method 6: Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

You will need to make changes in the Advanced TCP/IP settings as well to enable the NetBIOS feature over TCP/IP and rectify the problem.

STEPS TO FIX:

Network and Sharing Center window

Wi-Fi Status window

Internet Protocol Version 4

Internet Protocol Version 4

Advanced TCP/IP Settings window

Close all the windows that are open and check whether the issue has been resolved. If not, then you will additionally need to install a new and reliable multicast protocol.

Wi-Fi Properties window

Select Network Feature Type window

Select Network Protocol

This will probably resolve the issue. If your network path is still not found, you may move on to the next method in an attempt to fix it.

Method 7: Turn Off Windows Firewall Protection

Sometimes, the Windows Defender Firewall feature may cause this issue. It is better to turn it off, even if you are not sure about it.

STEPS TO FIX:

windows firewall

Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off

Click on both the small circles next to Turn off Windows Defender firewall (not recommended).

Turn off Windows Defender firewall

Close the window and find out whether your network path is being found this time.

Method 8: Run a Few Commands

If the problems still persist, run the following commands.

STEPS TO FIX:

Open the Command Prompt by typing cmd in the search box and hitting Enter. Make sure you run it as an administrator.

Run the following commands, one by one, and press Enter every time:

ipconfig /release

All the information about your network connection will be displayed as a return result of the ipconfig /renew command, as shown in the image below:

ipconfig /renew command

Now, run the following commands one after the other as well, as shown in the image above:

Finally, when the command is executed successfully, type exit, and then restart your computer.

Method 9: Turn on the Advanced Sharing Settings Feature

Files and network paths may not be found if the sharing feature is disabled in Windows. So, turn these features on to resolve the issue.

STEPS TO FIX:

Clicking on the Change advanced sharing setting option

In the new window, check the circles next to Turn on network discovery and Turn on file and printer sharing.

Turn on network discovery and Turn on file and printer sharing

User Account Control window

Now, close all the windows and try again. This time, the problem should be resolved.

If you find that the problem still persists, try changing a couple of other things in the Guest or Public and All Networks as well.

Change advanced sharing settings window

Here, check all the circles as shown in the image below:

clicking on the arrow to expand the All Networks option

Finally, click on Save changes to complete the process.

Additionally, you may also check whether sharing is allowed or whether the pathname is correct or not. If it is not, you should change it first in the following way:

SSD C Properties

Clicking on the Advanced Sharing button

Clicking on the box next to Share this folder

This should make the network path detectable and even the files and folders can be shared.

Method 10: Use the IP Address to Connect

You can also connect to a remote computer within the network by using a specific IP address. You will need to use the Command Prompt once again for this.

STEPS TO FIX:

ipconfig /all command

From the results, checking IPv4 Address

Open Run dialog box

Finally, click on the OK button. You should now be able to connect to the remote computer.

Conclusion

So, with these many methods to fix the ‘network not found’ issue, you should not worry about even an iota when you face such an error.

Start with the simpler solutions to it and then move on to the more complex ones, one by one.

You will surely be able to make your PC functional again without needing to call a pro.