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Windows 7: Public Networks and Home Group

30 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Public Networks and Home Group

I am trying to connect to a home group in windows 7; However it says I must set my network to a public network on both computers first. I don't know what I am missing - but I am unable to find where to do this. If anyone can help by providing step by step on how to adjust my home network to 'public' - I am sure it something easy, but I just can't seem to find it.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks

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30 Nov 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by latherton View Post
I am trying to connect to a home group in windows 7; However it says I must set my network to a public network on both computers first. I don't know what I am missing - but I am unable to find where to do this. If anyone can help by providing step by step on how to adjust my home network to 'public' - I am sure it something easy, but I just can't seem to find it.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
Hi L and welcome

You shouldnt have to if it is your homegroup unless you selected public on install.

In anycase it is here.

Kenn J==
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30 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

It specifically stated I must set both computers to public network; Is there a place in advanced settings to adjust my home network to public? Or do I have to create a new public network? Sorry I am just not getting this for some reason.
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30 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

How do you change your network type - ie. from home to public?
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30 Nov 2009   #5

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by latherton View Post
How do you change your network type - ie. from home to public?
Control Panel >Network and Sharing Center ... view your active networks ... click on the network description under to the name of your network. This will pop up a Set Network Location box.

Why does your network need to be public for a Homegroup?
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01 Dec 2009   #6

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Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Maybe this will make finding and enabling public file sharing a bit easier. I'am not sure why Windows would be requesting that you use this instead of Homegroups.


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01 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you, I will try these - I just assumed that I needed to set to public network as I read it in an instruction somewhere while trying to resolve this problem.
Basically I am unable to join my homegroup created on my desktop from my laptop - both running Windows 7 - one is 64 bit and one is 32 bit.
Any other help is appreciated.
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01 Dec 2009   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by latherton View Post
Thank you, I will try these - I just assumed that I needed to set to public network as I read it in an instruction somewhere while trying to resolve this problem.
Basically I am unable to join my homegroup created on my desktop from my laptop - both running Windows 7 - one is 64 bit and one is 32 bit.
Any other help is appreciated.
Did you write down the Homegroup password when you set up the desktop? The procedure should be automatic as soon as you start up the laptop you should have been offered a chance to type in the Homegroup password.

If you can't get it to work just use the Public file sharing option. Or you can try doing this to get Homegroup working again.> here .
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