It's a computer, not a media device

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I networked a laptop and a desktop (both using win 10) together. The desktop sees the laptop fine while the laptop sees the desktop as a "media device". I want the laptop to see the desktop as a computer so I can get at the files instead of trying to open media player. Any incite would be appreciated.
 
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Have you activated file sharing on the desktop and have shared folders on it yet?
without that others will always see it as media device.
 
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None of the above helped in any way. I tinkered and tinkered and lost everything ... went back and started all over again on both computers and got to where I was in the first place ... I use this feature so rarely that I have decided to use a usb drive and "sneaker net". It could turn out to be something really simple that I have overlooked. You should be able to set up a home network in one window + the file manager.
 
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