How to Enable the Client for Microsoft Networks

The Network Client is critical for normal Windows PC operations

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The Client for Microsoft Networks is an essential networking software component for the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. A Windows computer must run the Client for Microsoft Networks to remotely access files, printers and other shared network resources on a Windows server. The Windows operating system enables the Client for Microsoft Networks by default, but it can be turned off. If the client isn't enabled, a computer can't connect to the network until it is enabled in the Properties menu.

It is critical to the normal operations of Windows computers. 

How to Enable the Client in Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start button and select Settings.
  2. Click the Network & Internet icon in the open window.
  3. Choose Ethernet from the left column and click on Change adapter options.
  4. Select Ethernet and click on Properties.
  5. In the Ethernet Properties window, place a check mark in the box next to Client for Microsoft Networks.
  6. Click the OK button and restart the computer.

How to Enable the Client in Older Versions of Windows

Similar instructions apply to older versions of Windows, although you get to the Properties menu in slightly different ways depending on your operating system. For example, if your computer runs Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you locate the Properties menu in this manner:

  1. Go to the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Locate and right-click My Network Places in the Start Menu and choose Properties from the menu to open the Network Connections window. In this window, open the Local Area Connection item.
  1. View the General tab and place a check mark in the box next to Client for Microsoft Windows.
  2. Click OK and restart the computer.

In Windows 95 or 98, right-click on Network Neighborhood and then choose Properties from the menu that appears. Alternatively, navigate to Control Panel and open the Network item.