Unidentified Network on Windows Vista

UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) is a peer-to-peer network architecture standard that allows intelligent appliances, wireless devices,

(PC), peripherals to connect to a network and to communicate with each other that located in close proximity. In Vista ,  UPnP has been renamed to Network Discovery, and is disabled by default in all editions of Vista as Windows Firewall blocks network discovery.

To enable and turn on UPnP service or Network Discovery , simply follow this steps:

  1. Click on Start button, then select Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet link, and then click on Network and Sharing Center.
  3. You will see that network discovery is off. Click on the corresponding arrow button  to expand the section.
  4. Click “Turn on network discovery”, and then click Apply. (might require administrator password).
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