How To Fix Error 0x800704cf The Network Location Can't be Reached

For systems connected as a part of domain, we can use same WORKGROUP to share files and folders.This sharing is done through network connections and it is important that all network locations must be well defined.

But Some times when we tried to click on a specific share for instance say Storage, it gives following error:

Windows cannot access (the share)
Error code: 0x800704cf
The network location can’t be reached. For information about network troubleshooting, see Windows Help.

Also Read How to Fix network And Internet connection issues in Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 

Windows users, specially Windows 7 and 10 users may get Error code 0x800704cf whenever they try to access Network PC. Here some tips to fix this error.

How To Fix Error 0x800704cf The Network Location Can't be Reached.

How To Fix Error 0x800704cf The Network Location Can't be Reached

1. Uncheck Client for Microsoft Network

To fix 0x800704cf error on your system, you simply need to uncheck  the Client for Microsoft network Option. Which in many case have solved the error code problem for many users.

First Press Win+R on keyboard and type command ncpa.cpl hit ok. this will Open All Network connection window. here find the network adapter and select Properties.

Uncheck Client for Microsoft Network

Properties dialog will show up. Now Uncheck very first option which should be Client for Microsot Network and click OK.

2. Reset TCP/IP stack.

To Reset TCP/Ip will need to execute few commands in Command prompt window.  To do this type cmd on windows start menu search when command prompt shows right click on it  and select run as administrator. when command prompt opens perform bellow commands one by one

1. ipconfig /flushdns  (  This will Clear the DNS Cache.)
2. nbtstat -RR   ( This will Refresh netBIOS Names )
3. netsh int ip reset ( Reset IP settings )
4. netsh winsock reset  ( This will Reset Winsock Catalog )


3. Re-install Network Adapters.

Type Device Manager on start menu search andClick on the Result shown to Open it. here Click on View and select "Show Hidden Devices". Expand Network Adapter to see a list of Adapters on your PC. Now right click on it and Uninstall them all One by one.


after that Click on Action and Select "Scan for Hardware changes" this will auto detect the require driver for network adapter.

4. Make changes on Registry

Note Before make any changes create system Restore point so that if any thing goes wrong we can revrt back system to previous working state using system Restore.

Read how to create Restore Point on windows 10 , 8.1 and 7

Now Press   + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to following registry key:


Here, make sure that Value data for TransportBindName registry string (REG_SZ) is set to \Device\.

Value data for TransportBindName

Also check whether SMBDeviceEnabled named registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) exists or not. If the DWORDexists and has a Value data of 0 assigned, it means direct hosting is disabled. You have change thisValue data to 1, in order to resolve this issue and enable direct hosting. So simply double click on the registry DWORD to get this:

Finally, set the Value data to 1 in above shown box and click OK. Close Registry Editor and reboot to get the issue resolved permanently.

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