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Windows 7: Workgroup issue

25 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 RC1 Build 7100 32-bit
 
 
Workgroup issue

Hello everyone,

I am having a network issue.

My computer name is Eolis

Workgroup name= WORKGROUP (Default right?)

I decided to change the workgroup name to EOLIS (same as computer, is that bad?)

Now I see two of "EOLIS" under network and one belongs to the workgroup of WORKGROUP, and the other belongs to the workgroup EOLIS. Huh?

When you go to Advanced settings and change the workgroup name from the default (WORKGROUP) windows asks you to restart, which I did, thats when I noticed that now I see EOLIS twice under network. I don't need two, do I? I should only see my computer name, and the workgroup name I chose under network, right?

Can I delete the one I don't need? If so, how do you delete that? I can't find an option to do so. Also when I networked computers under XP I never had an issue with seeing two of the same name like I am now. Kinda funny.

Not sure why its doing this. Could this be a glitch in Windows 7 RC1 Build 7100
I hope I didn't confuse anyone. I'm trying to explain this as best I can. Any help would be great. Thanks.

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25 May 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Helpfulnerd,

These are two separate names used to ID your computer on a network. You cannot delete one of them, but you can change any one or both of them to be any name you like. These two tutorials below may help explain these in more details. They are the same in Windows 7.

Workgroup Name Change - Vista Forums

and

Computer Name - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC1 Build 7100 32-bit
 
 

Shawn,

Thanks again, you always have helpful answers. I did however figure out that I made a goof and and named my Workgroup after my computer name. So it came up twice. I changed the workgroup name and know the computer name under network only shows once. As it should.

Got it working, and thanks for the tutorial links. I'll check those out.

Take Care.
Josh
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26 May 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Josh. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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