Windows 7 Network Discovery issues

Windows 7 refused to connect to local PCs on the network saying network discovery was disabled and I need to turn it on.  I turned it on and restarted but still no joy.

I tried several things including registry permissions but the issue was with windows firewall.  I had to manually create a new rule to allow inbound predefined network discovery connections

Go to windows firewall>>advanced settings

Click on Inbound rules,on right side click on NEW RULE

Select PREDEFINED

Now select File and printer sharing and select NEXT

Similarly, do that for network discovery

From here

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