I have a desktop (Windows 7 x86 Professional) and laptop (Windows 7 x64 Professional) and am trying to setup a Homegroup for my network. I have seen a couple forum threads with people having issues, and I am also having issues. I have tried all of the Homegroup troubleshooting options (this is not an IPv6 problem).
Basically, I booted both systems, went into Network & Sharing and saw the "Ready to create" option for HomeGroup. I created a HomeGroup on my Desktop, then rebooted the Desktop. After rebooting, I could see "joined" in the Homegroup area on my Desktop, but I still saw "Ready to create" on my Laptop. I rebooted my laptop, but I still saw "Ready to create."
I saw that someone had created a HomeGroup on two machines and it gave him an option to merge both groups. I went ahead and created a HomeGroup on my Laptop, and it allowed me to go through with it. It never gave me any errors or anything of that sort, but simply allowed me to create two parallel HomeGroups.
No matter how many times I repeat this process I cannot get any errors.
Both computers are connected to the same network on a Linksys WRT54GL router running Tomato.
Any ideas on what steps to take next are appreciated!