Linux uses a protocol called SMB (Samba) to create a connection to a Windows network. The connection uses the computer name and workgroup name and may require Windows authentication.
Find your computer name and workgroup name using these steps:
Your computer name is already set (but you can change it). It is unimportant, but this is the name that it will display when viewed on the Windows network. To view the Windows network (from simple mode):
If nothing comes up, here's how to access the Windows network (This is useful for systems where the workgroup name is unknown; if your workgroup is already known to be called 'WORKGROUP' then you may skip this list):
If you are attempting to see your Home Network within File Manager, but it does not show, be aware that sometimes it does not work within 'Advanced Mode' (KDE). To rectify this, just switch to 'Simple Mode' and then open File Manager. You will see 'Windows Network' listed at the bottom of the left-hand pane. You can now switch to 'Advanced Mode' and File Manager will continue to recognise the network.
Another (faster) way to regain access to your Home Network (if it exists but does not show up within File Manager) is to open the “Root” file manager. Windows Network should be visible there and, after you close that window, Windows Network should be visible in the normal File Manager too:
Start - Applications - System - Administrator Tools - File Manager (Administrator)