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Windows 7: "No Other Homegroup Computers Are Available"

08 Nov 2009   #1
petacof

 
 
"No Other Homegroup Computers Are Available"

Hi All,
Ive got 2 desktops & 1 Laptop connected all running win7.
Desktop 1 created the homegroup, but cannot see the others in homegroup and gives message above. But does see them in workgroup networking.
Desktop 2 & laptop joined this homegroup, and see each other and the original desktop1. These two work fine.
Ive looked through the forum, havent found the answer.
Any ideas?



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28 Nov 2009   #2
cfourkays

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Same problem so I'll ride along. 7 on 2 PC's. Passwod the same.
Desktop sees laptop.
Laptop doesn't see Desktop. Networking sees both.
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28 Nov 2009   #3
gregw

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I had the same problem until I stumbled on this link.(Share libraries with your homegroup). If you follow this it might help. I had done everything to set up the homegroup. But if you don't actualy go through and select what you want to share then you get the no other homegroup available message. Also windows defenders firewall is set up to allow homegroups. I just reinstalled my security suite without the firewall part and then set up windows defender just for the firewall.
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29 Nov 2009   #4
cfourkays

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

That did it.
I selected Read/Write since I want to be able to make changes from my laptop to the Desktop.

I wonder why the directions on Homegroups don't spell this out.
Or did I miss it.

Thanks, Greg
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29 Nov 2009   #5
jkkw

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by petacof View Post
Hi All,
Ive got 2 desktops & 1 Laptop connected all running win7.
Desktop 1 created the homegroup, but cannot see the others in homegroup and gives message above. But does see them in workgroup networking.
Desktop 2 & laptop joined this homegroup, and see each other and the original desktop1. These two work fine.
Ive looked through the forum, havent found the answer.
Any ideas?
check your security software. I had to uninstall mine - apparently most security software (like the McAfee i uninstalled) install a firewall that blocks more than it should. I ended up going to the free Microsoft security essentials.
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29 Nov 2009   #6
cfourkays

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

This is what works. I didn't have to make any changes to AV/AS-Firewall.



Share libraries with your homegroup


When you set up a homegroup, you choose which libraries and printers you want to share with other people in the group.
But what if you want to share more libraries later? Here’s how to share additional or custom libraries with a homegroup.

Follow these steps on a computer that belongs to the homegroup and has libraries that you want to share:
  1. Open HomeGroup by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, typing homegroup in the search box, and then clicking HomeGroup.
  2. Under Share libraries and printers, select the check box for each library you want to share, and then click Save changes.

To share other libraries that you've created, follow these steps:
  1. Click the Start button , and then click your user name.
  2. Select the library you want to share, and then, in the toolbar, click Share with.

    The Share with menu

  3. Select the people you want to share with.
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29 Nov 2009   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Don't forget that you can also tell Windows which Library's you want to share.


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01 Dec 2009   #8
gregw

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Yes you need to do that step. But I think everyone does that. Its the step posted before yours that worked for me. Also I tried Reinstalling Mcafee it worked fine. I don't think the security programs are a problem in most cases. Maybee in some cases the firewall setings need to be changed. In researching this I found alot of people having this problem with the homegroup. I think if you follow the sharing steps it will solve this 90% of the time.
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01 Dec 2009   #9
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregw View Post
Yes you need to do that step. But I think everyone does that. Its the step posted before yours that worked for me. Also I tried Reinstalling Mcafee it worked fine. I don't think the security programs are a problem in most cases. Maybee in some cases the firewall setings need to be changed. In researching this I found alot of people having this problem with the homegroup. I think if you follow the sharing steps it will solve this 90% of the time.
I felt it was necessary to show that this is the one you would use to share individual library files only because it pretains to the subject matter.

The fact that people are missing the great big "share with" button at the top of the page is obviously another problem altogether and had nothing to do with my statement, which I believe stands on it's own merit.
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01 Dec 2009   #10
RogerR

 
 

Still not working for me. The laptop can access all the shares on the desktop (via workgroup) but it is still unable to join the homegroup even though it is invited.
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