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Windows 7: Can't join Homegroup

10 Aug 2010   #171

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

As long as both connections are using the same default gateway "same router" you should be having no problems with Homegroup sharing. It's when people start adding a second router for wireless or some other reason is where the problems start.

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10 Aug 2010   #172

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

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I can join homegroup when both computers are connected. But Iwant my desktop set up through ethernet and my labtop wireless. Thats when I can't join them. Any solutions anybody.

Are both Win7 computers ?

Homegroup - Create
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10 Aug 2010   #173

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vigkmo View Post
I can join homegroup when both computers are connected. But Iwant my desktop set up through ethernet and my labtop wireless. Thats when I can't join them. Any solutions anybody.

Are both Win7 computers ?

Homegroup - Create
Good point Doc, I certainly hope so.
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10 Aug 2010   #174

Win7 64 bits FR


I just got a problem with my homegroup. Everything was fine until batch of updates today.

I ended up quitting every computers (3 + mine) from the homegroup and creating a new group. That's when the problem started to really annoy me. I was able to create the group and the other computers were able to see that mine had created a group. After entering the password, it would wait for 1 minute then it would says "Windows is unable to join the Homegroup on this computer".

I've tried everything I've found, no success. I tried to create the group on other computers, same issue. I ended up plugging an ethernet cable between 2 computers and then it was possible to join the group!! After that, I went back to the old connection (using a router) and it would be all right. This gave me the idea to try my old linksys router. With this router, there was no problem joining the homegroup!!!

I joined every computer and put back my newest router (DIR-601). Everything is fine now, but this is not a permanent solution. I don't want the dlink router to prevent me from joining any homegroup!

From there, I know I could test all the different options in the router and see if it's possible to join a homegroup, but that takes a long time. Is there any hint you could give me? A port to open?? An IP configuration to change?

Thanks a lot!
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11 Aug 2010   #175

windows 7 home premium 64-bit

I am using the same router. But when use a ethernet on my desktop and wireless on my labtop. I cant join. I can join if use a wirless adapter plugged in my desktop.
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12 Aug 2010   #176

Another reason why can't join homegroup

one more consideration:

double check if all computer wireless detected SSID are the same.

For example: if 3 computers' wireless network name are
"belkinwireless","belkinwireless","belkinwireless 2",
the one with differ wireless network name will not be able to join the homegroup.

Hence there is a previous post suggested that not to broadcast the ssid name, I think because of this reason.

maybe someone doubt why a differ SSID could be used if all computer connect to the same wireless router. This could be considered a bug in windows system, i believe.

Given the following senario that, computer A connected with a wireless router, and the SSID is "belkinwireless". Then he bought another new wireless router and name it "belkinwireless" too, then the computer A will be detected the ssid as "belkinwireless 2".
Afterward, if he bought another 2 new computers, and connect to the wireless network, the 2 computers will detect the ssid as "belkinwireless".

This is how a same wireless router's SSID be detected differently in different computers.

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13 Aug 2010   #177

Win7 64 bits FR

Ok, so could there be a bug with my router? Anyway I'll try disabling the SSID when I'll have the time to test joining a homegroup.
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29 Sep 2010   #178

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Problem Solved

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mountaineer View Post
Hi guys,

Just to share, I had the same problem of not being able to join. I realized that my laptop and PC had the same computer name, and changed it to make both unique.

Solved! from "Create..." to "Join..".

I was having the same probem. No matter what I tried the computer on the wireless network could not see the homegroup. I saw this post and remembered that the wireless computer used to be the main system. I since built another and named it the same thing. As soon as I changed the name on the wireless system, it worked great! Duh. Why doesn't Win7 let you know two computers on the same network have the same name?
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02 Oct 2010   #179

Winfows 7 Professional 32 bit

I had the same problem and followed almost every tip I could find. In the end, disabling my Symantec endpoint protection before joining my Homegroup did the trick. I re-enabled it afterwards. If this helps anyone...
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25 Oct 2010   #180

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Similar "Cannot Join Home Group" Problem

I have two new Dell Studio Laptops with Windows 7 Home Premium all with the latest updates. At one point early on, home group worked between these computers but recently, Computer A can create a home group (after rebooting both), Computer B does not have the "Join" options and even if I try to create the home group on B after leaving home groups and rebooting both. Windows error message says "Windows cannot setup a homegroup on this computer." They do see each other if I use the "Windows XP"-like Network connection in Windows Explorer. Any ideas? I am new to this forum and was not sure if a new separate thread was the correct direction or just adding on to an existing one.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post

Leave the homegroup using Network and Sharing Center. Do it for both computers. Reboot both computers. Return to Network and Sharing and make sure they both want you to create a homegroup. Do so on only one computer. Reboot it. Check to make sure the homegroup is still there in Network and Sharing Center.

Go to the other computer. Check to make sure the new homegroup is visible in Networking and Sharing Center. If not report back here.

If it is just join it and report the exact error message if any.

Homegroups are not completely plug and play yet -- reboots are required to stabilize the network.
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