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Saturday, April 30, 2016

When Your Network Discovery Option Of Window 7 Is Showing Custom.

As you may already know, Network Discovery is a setting that tells you if your (shared) computers data can be access by other people on the network you are signed in. So if you see On as the state which your network discovery is, you should know that your computer data (files and printer) can be accessed by people on the network you are signed in, while if the state of your network discovery option is Off it means the opposite. But what about if it is showing custom, what does it mean?

Put simply, when the state of your network discovery option of your Window 7 PC is showing Custom it means that your network discovery state is On but there are some setting in your firewall that is limiting the data (files and printer) sharing of your computer to the network. In other words, it means that not all the settings related to network discovery are enabled

For example, DNS Client, Function Discovery Resource Publication, SSDP Discovery and UPnP Device Host, help network discovery to communicate through Windows Firewall, and also help to prevent other third party firewalls you installed to interfere with network discovery services. So if any of those resources (even if it is not all) are what is controlling/monitoring network discovery and not Windows 7’s Firewall, the your network discovery state will then be displayed as Custom.

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