Windows 7 – Can’t access UNC Shares but can Ping and RDP

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I have an odd problem with one machine out of 90.

Win 7 x64 SP1, working fine previously. Joined to domain and able to access mapped drives on file server.

This morning, user has IP from DHCP server, but not able to access any network resource or internet.

Can ping servers and they resolve correctly.

Have dis-joined from domain and logged in local account to test this out.

Flushed DNS cache.
Reset IP Stack.

Windows Firewall and AVG disabled.

Internet access is now possible.

Ping SERVER resolves with correct IP address (

RDP into SERVER or and it connects file.

Browse to \\SERVER or \\ it comes up with Windows is unable to access \\SERVER.
Error 0x80004005

Computer Browser service is set to Auto and is running.

Any ideas?

Error #1

Windows cannot access \server

Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem
with your network. To try ro identify and resolve network problems,
click Diagnose.

Error code: 0x80004005

It does the same when connecting to either a server on the domain or not.
I cannot join the machine back to the domain as it cannot find the domain server.

I've also tried manually forcing it to use domain credentials as suggested by manually mapping the share and using other credentials, but that comes up with a different error.

Error #2

Error code: 0x800704cf

Best Answer

Check to see if print and file sharing is turned on in network and sharing center > advanced sharing settings. My issue was file and printer sharing would not stay turned on. To resolve this I checked all automatic services. Found that "netlogon" service was disabled. The "netlogon" service is dependent on a service called "workstation". Had to start "workstation" service and was then able to start "netlogon" service. This resolved the issue.