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Windows 7: connicting Win 7 PC to NT workgroup

21 Oct 2009   #1

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connicting Win 7 PC to NT workgroup

Since changing one of my pc's to win 7 I'm now trying to connect that one to the workgroup that my other 2 NT pc's are on, as I believe I cannot connect them to a Win 7 homegroup, advice gratefully appreciated

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21 Oct 2009   #2

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You won't be able to connect them to a Homegroup - although this is just a clever GUI front end for accessing a lot of features that are already available in previous Windows versions*.

You should just be able to put your Windows 7 PC in the same workgroup as the NT machines, and providing file sharing etc is all set up properly, there will not be much difference between Windows 7, and whatever you replaced with it.

Tom


*I know Homegroup's do a little bit more than just this, but for the sake of the problem I think my explanation is justified.
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21 Oct 2009   #3

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I seem to have connected the Windows 7 pc to the xp workgroup but cannot see any nt machines from it
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21 Oct 2009   #4

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When you say NT Machines, what is the exact Operating System you are running on them?
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21 Oct 2009   #5

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Sorry typing error ment XP sp3
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21 Oct 2009   #6

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Right sorry, but let me get this network figured out in my head. You have a few machines in a workgroup all running XP SP3 and are trying to connect a Windows 7 machine to the same workgroup for file sharing etc?
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21 Oct 2009   #7

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Thats about it, the xp machines can see each other but they cannot see the win7pc and it cany see them.
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21 Oct 2009   #8

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I assume that on the Windows 7 machine the location is set to either Home or Work, and not public?
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22 Oct 2009   #9

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yes
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22 Oct 2009   #10

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In Control Panel of Windows 7, Network and Sharing Center, top left. Click change advanced sharing settings. Click the dropdown arrow for home or work.

Turn on network discovery. Turn on file and print sharing. Turn off public folder sharing, unless you want this for some reason. Use 128 bit encryption. Turn on password protected sharing.

Make sure that there is a password set and active for the Windows 7 user account. Reboot if necessary. Machines all should see each other now.

On Windows 7, start menu search box, type services.msc, hit enter. Make sure computer browser, workstation, network list service, network location awareness are all set to Automatic and are running.

Go on an XP machine and open a command prompt. Type net view, hit enter and see the goods.
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