How to easily enable SMBv1 on Windows 10

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Despite the fact SMBv1 has been replaced by SMBv2 and SMBv3 for various reasons which include security, there is still equipment in use which uses it.

This method will work on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

It’s an easy method which avoids using PowerShell to enable and disable SMBv1.

Note: When Microsoft updates Windows 10, every now and then, SMBv1 will deactivate and you will have to re-enable it.

Follow the steps below:

Step 01: Open “Control Panel”

Step 02: Go to “Programs and Features”

Screen shot illustrating the position of "Turn Windows features on or off" in Windows 10 "Program and Features".
Screen shot illustrating the position of “Turn Windows features on or off” in Windows 10 “Program and Features”

Step 03: Click “Turn Windows features on or off” and a small window labelled “Windows Features” will open

Screen shot illustrating the "SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support" items in "Windows Features".
Screen shot illustrating the “SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support” items in “Windows Features”

Step 04: Scroll until you see “SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support”

Step 05: Click to tick the box next to it, then click the plus symbol to expand it

Make sure all the items under the “SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support” are ticked.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the same number of items listed as depicted in the image. Generally the number of items varies between two or three depending on the system.

Step 06: Click OK to accept the changes

Step 07: The computer will need to restart, so click “Restart Now” on the dialogue box which pops up

Once the system has rebooted, SMBv1 should be enabled. It’s a good idea to go back to “Windows Features” to make sure it’s all still ticked.