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Windows 7: Problems Networking two Win7 Computers

28 Dec 2011   #1
hwp

Windows 7
 
 
Problems Networking two Win7 Computers

I have two Win7 machines that I am trying to connect via a router, both via a LAN and wireless. A printer is also wired to the router. The netwrok is desiganted as a Home Network on both computers.The system worked until I replaced a laptop running XP with a desktop running Win7.

The network map for desktop1 shows two network connections, a wired LAN connection and a wireless connection via the router. Both the wired and wireless network maps show the router and the printer but not desktop2.

The network map for desktop2 shows only one connection, but shows it as both wired and wireless. Again, both the wired and wireless network maps show the router and the printer but not desktop1.

How do I get the two computers to recognize each other?

BTW, I have an external harddrive attached to desktop1 for backups. I can backup desktop2 to that harddrive.


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28 Dec 2011   #2
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hi hwp,

Did you setup a Homegroup?
Home sweet homegroup: Networking the easy way in Windows 7

If you have a Security or Firewall Software, pls. disable it for now. If you are using Windows built-in Firewall, make sure to exclude File and Printer sharing.

In addition to the link please create the same UserName and Password on both computers.

Alternatively, try accessing the shared folder od Drive this way:
Click on the Windows Orb, type \\ComputerName\SharedFolderName press enter, also the Computer Name can be replaced by an IP Address.
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28 Dec 2011   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you do not mention if they are all in the same homegroup. And you will need the password to enter the homegroup.
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29 Dec 2011   #4
hwp

Windows 7
 
 

I had designated home groups on both computers but I am not sure they were the same. So I exited the homegroups on both computers and set up a new homegroup with the same parameters on both computers and the problem seems to be resolved. Thanks for the suggestions.
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29 Dec 2011   #5
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

You're Welcome.

Good to hear that all is working.
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