Network discovery is a feature which is used in Windows 8 so that your computer can view and access other computers in your network and vice versa. This feature is helpful for mapping a network drive and for adding a network location in a Windows 8 computer.
To turn on network discovery in Windows 8, there are two methods:
Method-1: From Control Panel
1) Go to: Charms bar –> Settings –> Control Panel
2) Select “Category” from “View by” drop down menu.
3) Then, go to: Network and Internet –> Network and Sharing Center
4) Click on “Change advanced sharing settings” on the left side.
5) Under “Guest or Public (current profile)”, check option “Turn on network discovery”. You can also check option “Turn on file and printer sharing” for sharing files and printers.
6) Click on “Save Changes”.
Method-2: From Computer
1) Click on “Computer” icon in your desktop.
2) Then, click on “Network” icon on the left navigation pane.
3) Just below the address bar, you will get a message, “Network discovery and file sharing are turned off. Network computers and devices are not visible. Click to Change…”. Click on it and then, click on “Turn on network discovery and file sharing”.
4) For the dialog box, “Do you want to turn on network discovery and file sharing for all public networks?”, click on “Yes, turn on network discovery and file sharing for all public networks”.