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Windows 7: Has anyone ever got homegroup function to work?

26 Apr 2015   #1
sleepless

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Has anyone ever got homegroup function to work?

No matter what i do homegroup doesn't work for me.

-i have 2 pc's on my home network - 1 laptop, 1 desktop
-both homegroup passwords are entered
-folders are shared to homegroup read/write on both pc's
-nothing detected on laptop - nothing listed in network or homegroup
-laptop does appear in explorer on the desktop, but it says i don't have access to the files (this is an admin account)

I'd really appreciate some help here. Windows has me extremely frustrated. Troubleshooter is useless.

*i don't mean streaming, i mean sharing folders, thx.


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26 Apr 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Your question.

Quote:
Has anyone ever got homegroup function to work?
No I have never got it to work and I spent days, weeks and the help from many members here.

So I will be watching to see if I can learn something to solve my problem.
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27 Apr 2015   #3
z3r010

 

The only time I had any problem with it was when I didn't have IPV6 enabled.
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27 Apr 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I use home group and have no issues sharing folders,
But then again it depends on what you mean by sharing,
I simply copy and paste over from which ever machine I want the files on,

If I want files from the desktop machine to my laptop I access the desktop with the laptop and copy and paste to it.
Documents folders are not checked by default but can be which I have checked all folders,

The only place that can not be accessed is each others desktop otherwise all of the "My" folders can be accessed,
If your files are on a separate partition or not on C-drive with the os there might be an issue with that I've never tried to access a external on my laptop besides creating a system image to one.

Another place that can not be accessed is the Public folders area
I believe that's because the Public folders are only for other user accounts on the same machine.

For the record there should only be 1 home group password created by one machine and entered into the other.
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27 Apr 2015   #5
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sleepless View Post
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-both homegroup passwords are entered
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There should only be 1 Homegroup password. Did you mean the password was entered on both machines?
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27 Apr 2015   #6
paraadox

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

have you set the advance network sharing in w7?

turn on sharing so everyone...
turn on file and printer sharing
turn off password protected sharing

or

set share your folder to 'everyone'
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30 Apr 2015   #7
sleepless

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote:
There should only be 1 Homegroup password. Did you mean the password was entered on both machines?
Yes of course - 1 password, 2 machines.

Quote:
have you set the advance network sharing in w7?

turn on sharing so everyone...
turn on file and printer sharing
turn off password protected sharing

or

set share your folder to 'everyone'
Yes all those settings on both machines.

Here are some specifics:

Screenshots from my laptop where these 2 folders are shared with homegroup read/write:
Has anyone ever got homegroup function to work?-myvideos.jpg
Has anyone ever got homegroup function to work?-downloads.jpg

-Now on the desktop, I have access to the 'My Videos' folder via homegroup in explorer. However the 'Downloads' folder isn't there. In the 'Network' Location there are many folders listed, all of which state 'no access' except the 2 folders I have shared. So I can access under 'Network' but not 'Homegroup'.

-On the laptop, none of my shared folders from the desktop are listed under 'Homegroup' or 'Network'. Again, settings are the same on both pc's.


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09 Sep 2015   #8
Goodgenie4u

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

I do not get the big picture that simplifies for dummies how sharing works anymore. Until windows 8 and Windows 10 showed up this concept got lost in my mind. Prior to that it was network discovery and any folders that needed to be shared across the three PC's; Vista and two Win 7's worked just fine. In Explorer "Network" I could see the 3 PC's and auto sharing took place with "public" folders and the other folders that had read write permissions for "everyone".
Now I have win 10, Win 8.1, Win 7 Pro and I have a hard time seeing all three on each PC . On Win 7 I am asked to provide a network password, but not on the others. On the Win 10 I keep getting "you do not have permission" to access the folder.

Is there a tutorial that lays out the steps to ensure that I do not have to get the feeling that on my home network, as if I am trying to visit the Kremlin or the White House? I have no interest in passwords between my wife and myself. When the kids come over, they have a secondary WiFi access point that does not allow them access to our 3 pc's.

Help!

Thanks
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10 Sep 2015   #9
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Just a pointer, if you are sharing a normally restrictive folder (inside your own user folder) then also give NTFS permissions to first everyone (security tab of shared folder). Then if it works, move to the exact account you wish to use. I have no trouble accessing a share on 8.1 with 7 and XP machines at friend's work place. What could be happening is that the firewall/security software can be interfering.

I find the classic networking to be much more reliable than HomeGroup though. Right now, my laptop can not be seen from my desktop but can see the desktop itself. Services seem to be running. All I can think of at the moment is leave and re-enter the HomeGroup. But I won't bother for now
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