system error 6118 has occured

“System error 6118 has occurred”- How to fix it quickly?

You can see a list of all network devices by the command “net view”. But many users experience 6118 error with the message “system error 6118 has occurred” and “The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available”.

This error message shows due to some reasons,

  1. May be third party antivirus and firewall configuration blocking from showing list of networks.
  2. Function discovery device is turned off.
  3. Or, the browser service has been turned off.

How to fix this “system error 6118 has occurred” message and manage file share, printer share, and sessions.

Method 1: System error 6118 has occurred: Turn of windows defender firewall

The default windows antivirus system is Windows defender.

Step 1: Type Windows firewall on the search bar and click the suggested result to open windows firewall.

Step 2: Click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off.

Step 3: Under both Private network setting and public network setting, turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended). Press on Ok.

Customize settings  each type of networks

Method 2: System error 6118 has occurred: Turn off third-party antivirus/firewall

Many users use third-party antivirus programs and this antivirus provides a lot of protection including real-time internet protection, malware protection, real-time system checking, etc. Some of these antiviruses provide overprotection and users face troubles due to this.

“System error 6118” can be one of the troubles for third-party antivirus programs. Mostly this problem resolves by turning off the activity of running antivirus. To do the task follow these methods.

Step 1: Go to control panel (Windows logo key + X, locate control panel).

System error 6118 has occurred: open control panel

Step 2: Click on “Programs and features

Step 3: Now locate “third party software

Step 4; Uninstall it.

In most cases, by doing this the problem resolves, if this problem still persists, try the second method.

Method 3: System error 6118 has occurred: Enable Function Discovery Service

Step 1: Press Windows logo key + R, to open Run.

Step 2: Type services.msc and click on ok or hit Enter key. The Services window will be opened.

System error 6118 has occurred: open run command

Step 3: Under the name section find Function Discovery Resource Publication. Right-click on it and locate properties or double-click on it.

Step 4: Under the General tab see service status if the service is running or not. Click on the stop, this will open stop other services window. Again click ok to agree with this.

Step 5: By Stopping the Function Discovery Provider also automatically stops the Function Discovery Resource Publication service

step 6: Select Automatic (Delayed Start) from the drop-down.

Step 7: Now click on the Start button to start the service again. Press Apply and Ok. It will restart the function discovery provider service again.

Step 8: Exit from the service window or close it.

Now run the net view command to see if it works.

Method 4: System error 6118 has occurred: Change advance sharing settings

Step 1: Go to the control panel. Search control panel on the search bar and click on the control panel on the suggested list or hit Windows key + X and locate the control panel.

Step: click on Network and internet and then network sharing center.

Network and sharing
twork and sharing center

Step 3: Now go to advance sharing settings from the left bar.

advance sharing settings

Step 4: Expand both Private and Guest or Public profile. Under the network discovery section, Turn on network discovery.

network discovery

Step 5: Scroll down and expand All networks.

Step 6: Go to File sharing connections, check if Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections (recommended) is turned on or not. Keep it on.

Step 7: Go to password protected sharing. Check if the Turn on password-protected sharing option is enabled. Keep it turned on.

password protect sharing

If all the settings are proper simply close the window, otherwise do as directed, and hit on save changes. Now run the command net view, I hope your problem will be resolved.


These are the methods to resolve system error 6118. After doing the task run the net view command to see all lists of networks. You should stop networks and reconnect if you see something wrong.

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