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Windows 7: Homegroup permissions problem

23 Apr 2012   #1

windows 7 64 bit
Homegroup permissions problem

My Homegroup was working perfectly between my PC and laptop, and then without knowingly changing anything the Homegroup libraries just stopped appearing.

I left the Homegroup on both computers, restarted them and created and joined a new Homegroup. From my PC, it all works perfectly, but from my laptop, the folders appear but I'm not able to open them because it says I don't have permission. At first it did ask for a user id and password (on the laptop) for my PC, but I do not use a password on my PC so that login failed. Since then it hasn't asked again for the user ID and password, just tells me I don't have permission.

The files are shared with the Homegroup (read/write) on the PC.
Passwood protected sharing is turned off on both laptop and PC. Also when I click the various libraries to be shared on my PC in the Homegroup settings box (Photos/Videos/Documents etc...) and press Save, the screen refreshes with the ticks removed.

What am I missing?

Thanks for any help

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23 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

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24 Apr 2012   #3

windows 7 64 bit

Thanks for the reply.

I'd already performed everything from those tutotials, but please remember that the Homegroup was working fine up until quite recently, and I havn't changed any permission settings in the meantime.
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24 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Although you say you haven't changed any permissions, you have left and created a the homegroup, so I suspect therein lies the problem. Something obviously isn't configured correctly.

Check this tutorial: Homegroup - Create

And this troubleshooting guide: Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues

Have you also checked your firewall settings?
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24 Apr 2012   #5

windows 7 64 bit

I've just fixed the problem, although as far as I can tell, the solution isn't in any of the sites linked to from this thread.

All I did was to set the same password on the PC and the laptop, I logged out , then back in again, and it all just burst into life!!

Thanks to people who responded.

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24 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

I take it you are talking about the actual Homegroup Password? Homegroup Password - View or Print

If so it is mentioned in Step 8 in the WSF tutorial I posted in post #4. Don't forget that every time you create a new homegroup it will create a new homegroup password, which must be used for all computers in the homegroup.

Anyway, pleased to see you're up and running and thanks for the update.
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24 Apr 2012   #7

windows 7 64 bit

No, I'm talking about the password used to initially log into Windows!

The same account user name is used for both laptop and PC, but although I use a password on my laptop (because it goes out of my house sometimes), on my PC I did not have a password set. Once I added a Windows login password on my PC, it all started working.
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24 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

That makes sense.

Obviously, your password-protected laptop was denying access to what it saw was an unprotected computer, although I'm not sure how.

Whatever the the reason, your problem is resolved and that's all that matters.
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