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Windows 7: Homegroup: Desktop and Laptop not on same network

02 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Homegroup: Desktop and Laptop not on same network

Hello, my router is connected through a cable to my router and my laptop to the same router through wifi. The problem is in the Network and Sharing Center on my desktop I see it connected to "Network" and on the same page on my laptop I see it connected to "Router Name" then to the internet. Homegroup settings are all identical and both are newly formatted systems. From my understanding the networks don't seem to be the same for either system be able to join a homegroup. Desktop has 64bit Win 7 and laptop has the 32bit. Thank you for any help offered

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02 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi Dreaden welcome to Sevenforums.

Firstly, don't sweat the names too much. On my network the connection on my PC connected by Ethernet cable is called "Local Area Connection" and on the girlfriends wireless laptop it's called Dlink2640R (my router)

Obviously, as they are both connected to the same router they are connected to the same network, even if the name is reporting differently. It couldn't possibly be any other way, (unless you have more than 1 router that your not telling us about.)

Are you having problems with the homegroup? Or is it just the name that's bugging you?
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03 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Yes I don't have the option to join homegroup from my laptop. I created it on the desktop and both computers have the same advanced sharing settings turned on so I can't figure out why my laptop does not see the available homegroup, it only gives the option to create its own.
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03 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Odd.... Possibly the homegroup didn't create properly. Few things to try:

1)It's possible that you have a Teredo Error, open Control Panel>Hardware and Sound>Device Manager Under Network adapters look for an icon with a yellow triangle on it, marked "Microsoft Tunelling Adapter" or "Microsoft Teredo" or something like that. Check both machines, if you have that error post back, and we'll try and fix it.
2) Try leaving the homegroup from the desktop and recreating it.
3)If that doesn't work, can you create a homegroup on the laptop and join from the desktop?
4) This should already be on, if you can create Homegroups, but go to Network and Sharing>Change Adapter Settings. right click the network adapter and go to properties check that IPv6 is turned on.

Post back with your results.
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03 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

The problem has been solved thank you for your help. So it wasn't a Teredo Error and IPv6 was turned on for both computers. The name thing was still nagging me for some reason but if you hadn't mentioned that the network name didn't matter I wouldn't have remembered reading somewhere that the computer name could cause a problem. It just so happens that when I formatted both machines on the same day I stupidly gave both of them the same name. I just put a 1 in front of the laptop name and after a restart the join homegroup button appeared. Thanks again for your help, this was one of those have you checked if your computer is plugged in moments.
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03 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good stuff glad to hear it's fixed.

I'll be honest, the machine name's hadn't even occured to me I'm suprised you had Internet access at all, as the DCHP names being the same can completely bork a network over.

Anyway glad it's fixed
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