Workgroup is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource.

Todays computer fix. If you have a Windows network and get an error message like: “XXXXX is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource.” when you try and access your network workgroup. XXXXX could be Workgroup or MShome or whatever you named your network.

If you Google this problem you will get a ton of answers that will have you jumping through more hoops than you can imagine including manually editing your registry. Don’t bother the answer, at least for me, is simple. To solve this problem you must add: “NWLink IPXSPXNetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol” to the “Network Properties” list on each computer of the network.

  1. Go to the Control Panel, and select “Network Connections”
  2. Right-click your Network Connection and select “Properties”
  3. On the “Connection Properties” screen, select the “Install” tab
  4. On the “Select networking Component” screen select “Protocol” double-click the Add…” Tab
  5. On the “Select Network Protocol” screen, select “NWLink IPXSPXNetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol” and click the “OK” tab to install the protocol.

You will need to add this protocol to every computer on your Network. Done!

For people whose workgroup isn’t showing at all in their “My Network Places” see this Microsoft article: Click the “Microsoft Fix it” button and your workgroup should reappear.

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7 Responses to Workgroup is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource.

  1. Johnny DB Allen says:

    This is a find “work around” if you don’t care that having an additional protocol on your network will slow things down some.
    While I can appreciate the need for work arounds, I would really rather find a true solution to get NetBIOS working again with TCP/IP.

  2. malinga says:

    i have 09 computer and 2003 server in to the domain i can.t share document share printer came to code {you might not permission to use the network? please help me

  3. Eugene says:

    Thanks, this worked for me, wish i had bumped into this fix 2 day ago.

  4. Jeff says:

    Thank you very much, Craig. The very first piece of advice on home networking that has ever worked! You are quite right about Google producing a raft of suggestions – all of which, in my experience, are useless.

    Thank goodness for someone who knows what’s what.


  5. Craig Harris says:

    I just set up a new computer on my network and ran into this problem again. I started to Google for a solution before I realized that the answer was on my own BLOG. I followed my own directions and am happy to report that it still works :)

  6. Rivet says:

    Tried both (work around and MS site) and neither worked. :(

  7. WayneD says:

    Thank you so much. I have spent hours messing around with network and services setting, and have left this computer off the network for about six months. Your work around took one minute.

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