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Windows 7: HomeGroup Issues


09 Dec 2009   #1

 
 
HomeGroup Issues

Im having a difficult time trying to setup a Homegroup for my network. I have a desktop and a laptop that are both running Windows 7. I created a homegroup with the desktop and it gave me a password to use on the other computers. When I go into Homegroups from the control panel with the laptop, it doesnt recognize that there already is one created. I have no option to join, only to create. Any ideas?

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09 Dec 2009   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tanger View Post
Im having a difficult time trying to setup a Homegroup for my network. I have a desktop and a laptop that are both running Windows 7. I created a homegroup with the desktop and it gave me a password to use on the other computers. When I go into Homegroups from the control panel with the laptop, it doesnt recognize that there already is one created. I have no option to join, only to create. Any ideas?
Hi Tanger and welcome

Two ways you can go. One change from homegroup to workgroup. That utilizes IPv4 instead of IPv6 (IPv6 has issues with connectivity and, slowness, drops with some systems). To change is fairly simple.

The other is to remove both computers form the homegroup. then making sure the anme is the same in both re-create it. You might also want to change the password to something human.

Let us know if you need help with which ever way you want to go

Ken J+
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09 Dec 2009   #3

 
 

Is it better to have a workgroup instead? if so what must I do?
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09 Dec 2009   #4

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tanger View Post
Is it better to have a workgroup instead? if so what must I do?
Hello tanger;

First you can leave and or delete your HomeGroup:



Here is a tutorial on HomeGroup for info: Homegroup - Create

Then go to your workgroup settings and create one workgroup for all your computers:







You may want to disable IPv6. I do not know if you are comfortable doing this, but here is a link to a MS site for you to check out:

How to disable certain Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) components in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

Please let us know if we can help you further?

Cheers!
Robert
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10 Dec 2009   #5

 
 

what are the differences between a workgroup and a homegroup?
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10 Dec 2009   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tanger View Post
what are the differences between a workgroup and a homegroup?
HomeGroup will network Windows 7 computers only, and includes a default setup of libraries shared accross the HomeGroup network.

Workgroup is compatible with XP and Vista computers as well. You select or create folders to share and set their permissions accordingly.
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10 Dec 2009   #7

 
 

will disabling IPv6 have any side effects?
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10 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tanger View Post
Im having a difficult time trying to setup a Homegroup for my network. I have a desktop and a laptop that are both running Windows 7. I created a homegroup with the desktop and it gave me a password to use on the other computers. When I go into Homegroups from the control panel with the laptop, it doesnt recognize that there already is one created. I have no option to join, only to create. Any ideas?
Seems like you were asking about how to join the Homegroup.

Homegroup works perfectly for me and I honestly can't think of a reason not to use it.

Just follow this tutorial to join the Homegroup.
Homegroup - Add Computer or Join


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tanger View Post
will disabling IPv6 have any side effects?
Disabling IPv6 will disable the LAN network that runs on IPv6. Homegroups can't work without it. It sometimes helps to turn off password protected sharing along with all the other settings.

I would try the tutorial first.
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10 Dec 2009   #9

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Hi guys. I hope tanger doesnt mind me joining this thread with a simillar issue.

The same situation here, a desktop and a laptop both Windows 7.
I have a router delivered this morning and happily plugged all the devices in. It offered me to create a network and I chose HOME network on both computers and to share only printers in the homegroup.
Everything works fine (ie. battle.net, skype, steam) without me doing anything which I quite like Plus I went through the "Ultimate Router Guide: Optimize Security & Performance" and didnt find anything wrong with my setup.

My question is - did I choose well the type of network, the home one? My virtual machines use a public network to connect...

Thanks
adren
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10 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adren View Post
Hi guys. I hope tanger doesnt mind me joining this thread with a simillar issue.

The same situation here, a desktop and a laptop both Windows 7.
I have a router delivered this morning and happily plugged all the devices in. It offered me to create a network and I chose HOME network on both computers and to share only printers in the homegroup.
Everything works fine (ie. battle.net, skype, steam) without me doing anything which I quite like Plus I went through the "Ultimate Router Guide: Optimize Security & Performance" and didnt find anything wrong with my setup.

My question is - did I choose well the type of network, the home one? My virtual machines use a public network to connect...

Thanks
adren
Public or workgroup network is ok but I like the Homegroup and there is no reason not to use it in my opinion.

I believe that part of the problem people are having with the Homegroup, is older router's don't support the IPv6 protocol in which case Homegroup won't connect. Time for many here to upgrade the old router and use Homegroup for networking.

In reality there are zero issues with Homegroup networks in Windows 7 but there are many issues with the equipment being used for networking.
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