How to Fix Network Error, Windows cannot access (0x80004005)


Zerrows.com - Some Windows 10 users may encounter the error message Network Error: Windows cannot access \\Computer1, accompanied by error code 0x80004005 during an unsuccessful attempt to use shared resources over a network such as a shared network hard drive. This article offers the most suitable solution to this problem, which does not include enabling SMB1; because SMBv1 is a very insecure protocol and should not be used, considering that Microsoft has discontinued this feature.

When you encounter this problem, you will receive the same error message as shown below.

Network Error

Windows cannot access \\\

Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems, click Diagnose.

Error code: 0x80004005

Unspecified error

Many factors can cause this error. For example, insufficient or non-existent network permissions incorrectly installed network drivers, or corrupted Windows registry.

Fix Network Error; Windows cannot access (0x80004005)

If you are faced with this problem, you can try the solutions I recommended below in no particular order and see if it helps you solve the problem.

Let's look at the repair process one by one in detail.

1. Disable IPV6

This solution requires you to disable IPv6 and see if the problem can be resolved.

IPv6 is a mandatory part of the Windows operating system, and it is enabled by default. You need to know that Microsoft says its Windows OS is designed specifically with the presence of IPv6. Suppose IPv6 is disabled in Windows 7 or higher. In that case, some components such as Remote Assistance, HomeGroup, DirectAccess, and Windows Mail may fail to function.

Because this is a registry edit, before you follow the steps below, it's a good idea to back up your registry or create a system restore point first.

  • To get started, press Win key + R, then type Regedit and press Enter.
  • In the registry editor window, browse the following path below.

  • Here in the right pane, find DisabledComponents. If you can't find it, right-click a space in the right pane, select New - DWORD (32-bit) Value, and name DisabledComponents.

  • Next, double-click on the value you just created, then change the value data to 0xFF and click OK.

  • Then restart your PC to apply the changes.

If you want to reactivate it, delete the value you created or change the value data to 0x00.

2. Allow Full Permission for Shared Drive/Folder

You may not access computers on the network in Windows 10 due to improper network sharing permissions for the shared folder or drive. In this case, you can allow/give full permissions on the shared drive/folder.

3. Make sure NetBIOS is Enabled

NetBIOS allows network computers to share resources. If this is not working or not enabled, this could cause the error you are experiencing. So, make sure NetBIOS is enabled on your Windows 10 computer.

  • Click the Network or Wi-Fi icon in the system tray and click network.
  • Then click Change adapter settings in the right pane.
  • Next, right-click on Local Area Connection or whatever your connection name is, and select Properties.
  • Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.

  • Next, click the Advanced button at the bottom of the window.

  • In the new window, switch to the WINS tab.
  • In the NetBIOS settings section, select Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP and click OK.

  • Finally, restart your PC to apply the changes.

4. Make sure Network Discovery is Enabled

To enable Network Discovery, follow the steps below.

  • Open Control Panel by pressing Win + R, then type control and press Enter.
  • Select Network and Internet - Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel window and click Change advanced sharing settings in the left pane.
  • Then expand Private, then in Network Discovery, select Turn on network discovery and put a checklist on Turn on automatic setup of network-connected devices.

  • Also, make sure Turn on file and printer sharing is also selected.
  • After that, expand All Networks and make sure Turn off password protected sharing is selected.

  • Then click Save changes to save your settings.

5. Disable/Uninstall Third-Party Antivirus Software

You may encounter this error if you have third-party antivirus software installed on your Windows 10 computer because File sharing is apparently managed by third-party antivirus software that uses Windows Firewall. In this case, you can temporarily disable third-party antivirus software or allow file sharing through the antivirus software firewall. It depends on the antivirus software you have installed. Refer to the instruction manual.

However, suppose despite the two actions mentioned above, the problem persists. In that case, you should remove all third-party antivirus software from your PC using a special uninstaller tool to delete all files associated with that antivirus software.

If uninstalling the antivirus software fixes this error, you can now reinstall the same antivirus or switch to another alternative antivirus software, or it is better to stick with the original Windows 10 antivirus software program, Windows Security.

That's it for this tutorial. Hopefully, it can help you solve this error. Don't forget to leave your comments below to share your experience in following this tutorial. Thank you.