My computers disappear from "My network places" after 10-20 minutes!

In Windows XP, some computers vanish from the "My network places" after 12 minutes.

This is due to the "Windows firewall / Internet connection sharing" functionality.

Even turning the Windows firewall off does not allow you to see the rest of the systems in your network. The "Windows firewall/ Internet connection sharing" service will still be running. Here is how to disable it:

Open Control panel / Administrative tools / Services. Scroll down until you find "Windows firewall/ Internet connection sharing". Right click on it and select properties. In the dialog select "Startup type:" disabled. You might stop the service as well on this dialog, (presumably it is running). You don't need to reboot to make the change effective.

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Updated about 8 years ago

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