Windows 10 – D-link ShareCenter connection issue

On some of the computers, we recently upgraded the operating system from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. These are rather old machines working together in a non-profit organization. The office is using D-link ShareCenter as the NAS solution for the files.

The first thing I noticed after the start of the new system was the information that not all network drives were connected properly. In fact, none of the shares from our D-link were connected.

Since I’m rather a console guy, I tried to use “net use” to attach them. I tried:

net use N: \\[ip.of.the.server]\[share_name]

As the result I got an error telling: “system error 64 has occurred. The specified network name is no longer available.”

In order to solve this issue I had to perform two actions: first, I had to go to the Control Panel, to the “Programs and Features” widget, and to the “Turn Windows Features On and Off” section. On the list, I found “SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support” which was disabled. One simple checkbox click, and it was enabled as needed. To be sure that everything is configured correctly, I also rebooted the system.

The second part was related to the fact that the share was available anonymously. By default, Windows 10 is not allowing such shares to be accessed. I had to adjust the Group Policy for the system.

In order to do this, I had to perform the following steps:

  • Press Windows +R and in the search box type gpedit.msc then hit Enter
  • Go to Computer Configuration, then to Administrative Templates and then to the Network section, lastly to the Lanman Workstation section
  • In this section, you will find “Enable insecure guest logons” which you should double click
  • In the window that appears, check the Enable option and click OK

Once the above changes were made, the connection to the network drive was working fine again.