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| Discussion | When trying to connect to a network resource on another Windows computer, sometimes you might see this error message: "The Network Path Cannot Be Found." Typically you won't find anything obviously wrong in Network Neighborhood or with the ping command. What can be done? On Windows XP, fortunately there is a simple fix that works in many cases.
WinSock Fix for Windows XP Network Clients
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September 9, 2006 at 12:34 am
(1) surendra says:

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March 11, 2007 at 10:20 pm
(2) Linda says:

Fixing the winsock and tcp/ip worked for me. On the run command I used the following commands —-
for winsock run:
netsh winsock reset

to reset tcp/ip run:
netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt

Make sure only the computer with the router is set to be the server also.
go to network places
view network connections
right click on the various connections go to advanced tab and make sure the computers without the router don’t have
“allow other network users to connect throught this computer’s internet connection” checked

August 27, 2007 at 4:02 am
(3) khanna says:

my problem is . when i want 2 connect to remote pc i cant connect 2 it . it says THE NETWORK PATH CANT BE FOUND

August 7, 2008 at 3:11 am
(4) Network Path Not Found says:

Thanks – have not seen that Winsock fix. I have another post about this on my blog. Hope it helps.

September 12, 2008 at 6:33 pm
(5) Sijo says:

I am using two pcs having Operating system windows 200oPro. The computers are in PICTURE work group. I selected obtain TCP/IP automatically in both computers. I tried to nework with both compuers by using cross cable. I can ping both computers each other but when I will go to computers near me I can find only one computer in PCs. How can I fix this problem?

Thanks

October 20, 2008 at 3:40 am
(6) Sid says:

Tried resolving this issue for several days only to find that it was one of the silliest problem!

Control Panel > Network Connections > (Right click on the active connection) > Properties

Make sure “Client for Microsoft Networks” is checked.

January 28, 2009 at 9:20 am
(7) Aneesh says:

A solution (there could be several causes)

* On the target machine (the one you’re trying to connect to) open up Services, under Administrative Tools in the Start Menu.
* Scroll down to the Computer Browser service.
* If it is Disabled or set to Manual, set it to Automatic.
* Then start it. It may stop immediately again, but this is OK.
* At this point try to connect to the target machine.

If it still doesn’t work, you can try the following:

* open up Network Connections, under Control Panel.
* Right click on your network adapter and click on Properties.
* Click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click on Properties.
* Click on Advanced, and click on the WINS tab.
* Even if it is set to Default, set the radio button to Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.
* Press OK on each screen until everything’s closed.
* Go back to the client machine and try again.
* You should be able to connect!

If it still doesn’t work:

* Go back to the Services window and find the service named Routing and Remote Access.
* Double-click on it, set it to Manual, and stop it.
* Close Services and try to connect from your client machine again.

March 11, 2009 at 9:56 am
(8) Karl says:

What I did was simply check for the Service pack on both machines and found mine was SP2 and the other was SP3. I simply upgraded mine, rebooted it and I was good to go. No more errors…Hope this helps

March 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm
(9) Jeff says:

I am having the same problem with a twist. I corrected the WINSOCK, and it worked great, but only for about an hour. I redid it on all my computers and still can’t get access to any files over my network (wireless).
Any thoughts?
Thanks
Jeff

June 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm
(10) Solomon G/meskel says:

I am really glad to say you thank you. I am speechless about your tangible ideas keep doing up.

June 13, 2009 at 6:18 am
(11) Jeremy Powdrell says:

My main computer is linked via Ethernet to my DSL Modem.

The main computer also has a Wireless adaptor which all other computers connect to. All the computers on the network access the internet through the main computer and all are successfully conected to the internet. Each computer can see the ADSL Modem and can be pinged (10.0.0.2) from any computer.

The problem is that although they all have Internet access, they cannot see the computer allowing the access. Can’t even ping the machine (192.168.0.1)

If I do an ipconfig on any of the machines they show the default gateway correctly as (192.168.0.1)

June 23, 2009 at 8:05 am
(12) Abhishek Shrivastava says:

Thank you very very much sir, It helps me too much. I am website developer, how can I help you, Since you help me.

July 23, 2009 at 11:42 pm
(13) Len says:

Thank you very much. You have solved my network connection problem.

July 27, 2009 at 5:12 am
(14) funmike says:

the message no network path came out even when i could access network and can ping the server but can’t ping the system from another system.

August 10, 2009 at 6:31 am
(15) Islam Al-derbashi says:

some services is not run like workstation

and install xp services pack 3
can solve this problem

September 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm
(16) Mr Phong says:

Thanks Sid very much!!!

October 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm
(17) JP says:

Try this

1- Open Network Connection
2- Check box File & Printer sharing > ok
3- Disabled NIC
4- Enabled it back
5- Open CMD > ipconfig /flushdns

October 17, 2009 at 4:57 pm
(18) VD says:

Great post, thank,s it resolved also my issue: “Can not access shared folders” on 2 pc wi-fi network, although everyone permissions applied to anonymous users + netbios enabled + computer browser enabled + guest account enabled. Only the winsock fix helped with following simple steps in particular executed on both PCs

Quote post No.3:
Fixing the winsock and tcp/ip worked for me. On the run command I used the following commands —-
for winsock run:
netsh winsock reset

to reset tcp/ip run:
netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt

October 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm
(19) VD says:

Worked.. only for short. Now in Jeff’s (no.10) position, not working although did redo the drill several times :-( please help!

December 1, 2009 at 6:12 am
(20) umesh says:

Right click on my computer than choose manage than services n application after that open service choose net logon service start that service.

December 28, 2009 at 2:39 am
(21) kamal says:

Net work path was not fount or no more connections we restart the computer problem will solve. what is the problem or any reason please tell to. thanking you

January 14, 2010 at 2:15 am
(22) Shivam Black says:

Fixing the winsock and tcp/ip worked for me. On the run command I used the following commands —-
for winsock run:
netsh winsock reset

to reset tcp/ip run:
netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt

Make sure only the computer with the router is set to be the server also.
go to network places
view network connections
right click on the various connections go to advanced tab and make sure the computers without the router don’t have
“allow other network users to connect throught this computer’s internet connection” checked

In case you are still stumped, do this:
Rt click My computer
click Manage
click Services
scroll to Routing…
left click Routing…
click Properties
click (General tab) Startup type and select Disabled.

Cheers

January 18, 2010 at 8:00 am
(23) thilagar says:

network path was not found.this is message come to frequently in our system.what solution for it.

regards
thilagar

February 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm
(24) iyamah victor says:

thank so much for your suggestion. using winsock reset and disabled routing and remote services solve the problem. I am Lan expert from Nigeria

February 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(25) nano says:

can i say something ..
may be this message be a virus in the computers on the network ……. thanks

March 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm
(26) Danny says:

Thank you.
Enabled Routing and Remote Access service and started the services worked fine.

March 10, 2010 at 7:57 am
(27) Rahul says:

i shared a folder frm PC1 .In Run wen typed the n/w path it shows n/w path not found …

March 12, 2010 at 4:14 am
(28) Erdem says:

Thank. you saved my life :) its work perfectly for me.

April 7, 2010 at 5:50 am
(29) edd says:

silly mistake

go control panel -> network connections -> right click active connection…… make sure file and print sharing is ticked!!!!

DOH!

May 30, 2010 at 1:40 am
(30) JANI says:

Mr.Linda ur solved my problem. Thankyou very much.

June 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm
(31) Jennifer says:

My Network Places (rgt click) – Properties – (Rgt Click) on the connected Local Area Connection – Properties – Make sure Client for Microsoft Networks has a check mark next to it – OK

June 30, 2010 at 8:14 am
(32) maureenm says:

Checking the “client for microsoft networks” box worked for me. Thanks all.

August 27, 2010 at 10:23 am
(33) Bill says:

you may want to check “File and printer Sharing for microsoft networks” is enabled to fix this problem. the other options were tried but “no goy”. It was that when i seen this option was disabled and when i enabled it, and tryed to connect via “start,run, \\nodename\c$ it then connected.

October 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm
(34) Dennis says:

Linda, thanks for the advise.

December 10, 2010 at 4:27 am
(35) kamal says:

i m install win xp sp3 but this problems “network path was not fount is till “or not working network printer properly right now .how i solve it plz call me
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December 11, 2010 at 7:55 am
(36) Faheem Ahmad says:

Both commands(netsh int ip reset & netsh winsock reset) are used to solve various network related lan card issues, not only “Network Path Not found error”. Faheem Ahmad, System Administrator, Reliance Communications, Delhi.

January 9, 2011 at 10:55 am
(37) Lando A. Lucya says:

a good to you!
thanks for this site. I’m actually having this kind of problem. thanks for this solution. in a minute the problem was solved.

February 7, 2011 at 11:40 am
(38) Sohail says:

In our office our system administrator has blocked facebook.com, when i am trying to connect the message occurs ” Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage ”
can some body help me to fix it manually , is there any technique where i can use facebook.com

February 7, 2011 at 11:55 am
(39) Sohail says:

I am able connect the other computer at my office same domain group, to share folder , but when i double click on shared folder the error message box apeared
Windows can not access “\\computer name\shared folder ”
but i am able to acess shared folders on computers,

please help me out somebody,

thanx with regards,
Sohail

February 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm
(40) efoster10 says:

i fixed my problems on windows 7 simply by starting and setting the TCP/IP NetBios Helper service to automatic and starting it. Wasn’t happy, spent about three hours trying to figure it out!

March 15, 2011 at 4:08 am
(41) mani says:

network path was not found but ip address cmd promt ping successful,pls help me

March 15, 2011 at 10:24 am
(42) Juan F. says:

I am running an xp_cmdshell from SQL server 2005 sp2 to create a dummy file called Hi.txt with some message inside in ascii format. The command looks like this: EXEC xp_cmdshell ‘@ECHO TESTING! > \\msdevsol02\D$\hi.txt’. The server where the file will be created is a windows server 2008 R2 64 bit. When I run the command from SQL I get the following error: “The network path was not found”. When I map a drive from my Desktop and I try to run the following: “ECHO TESTING! > \\msdevsol02\D$\hi.txt” it works. Why doesn’t it work from SQL?

May 13, 2011 at 6:02 am
(43) PJ says:

Found Client for Microsoft Networks driver wasn’t even installed. had uninstalled itself and then gives message network path not found. Thanks again Microsoft.
But thanks to you really!

June 3, 2011 at 3:59 am
(44) rishi says:

i want to connect two pc internal , i m using crossover cable , cable is ok , i m giving ip 1921.168.1.1 & 192.168.1.2 , subnet mask 255.255.255.0 , defalt getway 1921.68.1.1 ,

when i ping then , pc 1 can not able to ping on pc 2 request time out message showing. & pc 2 is able to ping pc 1.

pls help me out………

July 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm
(45) Dilip says:

Click on the My network places right click after that An dailoge box appear local area connection right click, properties, tick on the “client for microsoft network” i think it will be done

September 3, 2011 at 1:11 am
(46) Ritesh Tiwari says:

Dear Mani First u Check in ur network connection properties Client for Microsoft Networks is there or not if it’s not there then click install option and tick client and select Client for Microsoft Networks and install it .I think after this command ur problem is solve

September 21, 2011 at 6:04 am
(47) Viswanath says:

I had a similar issue. I was trying to add a PC to the domain. When I was doing it, windows threw the “Network path not found” error. I had tried the following

- Ping to the domain controller works
- Other PCs got successfull added to the domain with same credentials
- Hostfile entry to the domain controller did not resolve
- Computer Browser service is started and set to automacit mode
- netsh winsock reset did not work
- netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt did not work either

Finally enabling “Microsoft Client for Networks” resolved the issue.

Thanks a lot for all those who have shared their experiences.

October 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm
(48) Daniel says:

After spending many many hours, checking the “client for microsoft networks” box and than restarting computer, worked for me too. Thanks all!!!

November 5, 2011 at 3:30 am
(49) RAKESH says:

i am unable to find a sharing file or printer
when i am trying to browse through this command it shows that, the network path is found

November 14, 2011 at 11:02 am
(50) andy says:

starting the tcp/ip netbios helper service and setting it to ”automatic” fixed this for me. it was disabled.

January 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm
(51) Bob Saggot says:

Thanks for the advice! It was awesome because before I had no internet!

February 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(52) Prism says:

To fix ping issue run the following command

netsh set firewall set icmpsetting 8 (Enter)

on both computers .

February 12, 2012 at 10:44 am
(53) raja says:

Hi ,
Here i have windows 2000 server and 10 windows(Windows 2000) POS terminal.Each terminal have the individual printer with share name .Normally we can run the program from server using RDC. Now the problem with the printer . The RDC can connect but the printer unable to print from server . I open the run in server then type \\System name (or) IP address , Server shows error ” the network path was not found”. Only for this POS terminal, all other working fine. I change already the user name & password for both side still can’t connect to the printer. Today only this problem. How come suddenly this problem happened , then how to solve this issue? pls can anyone help me to solve this issue .. Thanks.

February 21, 2012 at 6:40 am
(54) sare says:

Thank you..it solved my problem :D

March 4, 2012 at 8:03 am
(55) chris says:

so i was hoping this would solve my problem but it only seems to have made things worse. i am running winxp sp3 so i tried the first method listed
“With Windows XP SP2, the ‘netsh’ administrative command-line program can repair WinSock.”
i ran cmd, typed winsh and after a few seconds the command prompt changed from the normal c:\ to winsh> and nothing seemed to have happened. not sure what to do i typed help and a list of command scrolled up the screen. i wasn’t sure what i was supposed to do with this so i just typed quit to close the program.
And now i cannot connect to the internet at all. i don’t seem to have an ip address and when i try to renew i get this message “unable to contact your DHCP server”
Please Help!

March 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(56) ME says:

IPCONFIG /HELPME!!!!!

March 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm
(57) Jeffvital says:

Sir I have some problem in my network connection, my computer is connected to network but cannot find the path of the server,the problem i cannot open the important files which i save in the server. Can you please give me solution how to fix my problem in connecting to the server..

April 26, 2012 at 1:14 am
(58) Harish Shetty says:

Dear Support

It was great !

1) I tried fixing the winsock by command ‘netsh winsock reset’ on the remote computer.
2) Then I enabled the netbios setting on the remote computer ‘win server 2008′

open up Network Connections, under Control Panel.
* Right click on your network adapter and click on Properties.
* Click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click on Properties.
* Click on Advanced, and click on the WINS tab.
* Even if it is set to Default, set the radio button to Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.
* Press OK on each screen until everything’s closed.
* Go back to the client machine and try again.
* You should be able to connect!

Thanks & Regards
Harish M. Shetty
India , Mumbai

May 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm
(59) Chris says:

I am trying to access shared folders on both my windows Vista and Windows 7 OS computers. Right now I am able to share files on both of the computers and I am able to access the shared folders locally using the UNC path. When i try to access either remote computer using the remote computer’s computer name in the UNC path i get the error message “the network path was not found”.

1. I have enabled all sharing options(pretty sure anyways) needed in network and sharing center on both computers.

2. Both computers are part of the same workgroup named “Workgroup” by default.

3. When i click on “network” on both computers. I see the remote computer’s computer name which tells me that both computers are recognizing eachother as being apart of the same domain.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

May 9, 2012 at 3:43 am
(60) nurol says:

Hi

I’m using a XP sp2 computer and when I try to access a windows 7 64bit computer im getting a msg “The Network path was not found.” I can access other windows XP computer no problem.

Thanks

May 23, 2012 at 10:58 am
(61) Tshidi says:

Hi, i have a problem that is perhaps related to this forum, as per the KB 978433 i downloaded the hotfix from microsoft.com, but when trying to run the hotfix it comes with an error: The update is not applicable to your computer. My server is 2008 R2 x64
and yet the hotfix was developed to address this issue. i replaced srv.sys, Sscore.dll, srvsvc.dll files and checked all
the dependencies all running,i run sfc /scannow still nothing is happening as all seems to be fine. when i try to start the server service it with only run for a while and then stops, at times when i start it again it comes with an error, the Server service wont start with the following error
Windows could not start the server service on local computer
error 53: the network path was not found
Event ID: 7023
i have been working on this server for days now and i dont want to format it.

June 20, 2012 at 12:43 am
(62) Ardavan says:

Thanks everyone, your tips and comments just saved a trouble shooting project :) Hope I can return the favor :)

July 28, 2012 at 7:52 am
(63) Ritesh says:

Hi. I have use 20 computers with a router connection, but one computer is showing an error “IP network path not found.” The computer is pinging properly…

June 21, 2013 at 2:56 am
(64) Abu Aminah says:

//(50) andy says:

starting the tcp/ip netbios helper service and setting it to ”automatic” fixed this for me. it was disabled.
//

My Issue was, i could’nt Join PC in domain. Did resolved with Andy’s solution above.

Thanks a lot andy.

September 3, 2013 at 12:58 am
(65) Suhas More says:

The network path was not found error. but can pine……

Problem resolved after below thing.

In the THis coonnection uses the following items:
There was not Client for Microsoft Networks so installed it and problem is resolved…..

September 26, 2013 at 2:21 am
(66) chakri says:

I am trying to resolving the issue ” The network path not found” error from 2 days only to find that it was one of the silliest problem!

Control Panel > Network Connections > (Right click on the active connection) > Properties

Make sure “Client for Microsoft Networks” is checked.

Then i successfully added my client into my domain….

October 8, 2013 at 6:31 am
(67) Teekaraman says:

Hi. I have use 10 computers with a switch connection, but one computer is showing an error “IP network path not found. 0×80070035” The computer is pinging properly.these machine not sharing file an remaining machine……………pls reply that correction…………

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