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Windows 7: Can't join homegroup - problem and solution

17 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Can't join homegroup - problem and solution

I was unable to join a Homegroup on my netbook, and found no help anywhere, but stumbled on a solution on my own. Here is what fixed my homegroup problem.




Go to Control Panel and click on Adminstrative Tools
Scroll down and click on Services
Scroll down and right click on Homegroup Provider Service.
Click on Start the Service....

If got this messsage:


“Windows could not start Homegroup Provider Service on Local Computer.
Error 1079: The account specified for this service is different from the account specificied for other services running the same process.”


Here is what I did next....


Cancel error message and right click on Homegroup Provider Service again.
Scroll down and click on Properties
Click on Logon tab
Click on This Account button
Click on Browse
Click on Advanced
Click on Find Now
Double Click on Local Service
Click on OK
[Local Service then appears in a box on the Logon tab. Beneath it are two boxes with rows of asterixes.]
Delete all of the asterixes then click on Apply, then click on OK.
Right click on Homegroup Provider Service
Click on Start


Homegroup Provider Service then started, and I was able to join a homegroup.


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17 Jun 2012   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Thanks for sharing your fix with everyone
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26 Dec 2012   #3

Desktop: Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit Laptop: Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by obrienkev View Post
I was unable to join a Homegroup on my netbook, and found no help anywhere, but stumbled on a solution on my own. Here is what fixed my homegroup problem.

Go to Control Panel and click on Adminstrative Tools
Scroll down and click on Services
Scroll down and right click on Homegroup Provider Service.
Click on Start the Service....
After doing the above, I get this message
"Windows could not start the HomeGroup Provider service on Local Computer. Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start"

I followed your instructions and still get this error on my desktop (Windows 7 Ultimate). Also, I didnt have this problem until my AT&T Uverse router was replaced. I need this homegroup thing to work because I remotely login to my desktop from a laptop. The laptop is in the homegroup already.

Note:
HomeGroup Listner Service is running
Peer Networking Grouping Service is running
RPC End Point Mapping Service is running
DCOM Server Process Launcher Service is running

Any suggestions, thanks in advance???
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