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The Vista Operating System implemented new standards for network settings and therefore changed the way a drive is mapped in Windows Explorer. A Network Discovery is a network setting that will allow you to determine if other computers and devices on the network are "visible" from your computers, and whether other computers on the network can "see" your computer.
The Network Discovery state is off by default. The steps to turn the option on are as follows:
1. Click Start. 2. Click Control Panel. 3. Click Networking and Sharing Center. 4. Click the Drop Down arrow next to Network Discovery. 5. Click the option, Turn on network discovery. 6. Click apply.
Note: You may be prompted to enter the Administrators password, but this will depend on the rights the user has to the network.