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Windows 7: homegroup problem

27 Dec 2009   #1

Win 7 Pro 32bit
 
 
homegroup problem

i tried to connect to a homegroup, with a win 7 HP to a win 7 pro, but it says it can't connect as it needs ipv6

whats the point in it at all then, as i believe most folk have ipv4

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27 Dec 2009   #2

 

Homegroup is only between Windows 7 machines. IPv6 is included in Windows 7 but in some instances requires a registry hack to fully enable. There are threads here detailing this particular fix.

Here is one.
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28 Dec 2009   #3

Win 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

thanks rodger, i'll have a read of that

the 2 pc that i want to homegroup have win 7
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28 Dec 2009   #4

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Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

If the registry fix doesn't do anything than most likely you have a problem with your router. A firmware update may fix it, I can also check the compatiblity with Windows 7 if you give me the exact model number and version number. That registry hack is only attempting to make up for not using a Windows 7 compatible router. It's a work around at best.
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30 Dec 2009   #5

Win 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

thanks chev65, the router i use is a netgear DG834GT, i'm on sky broadband (UK) and they have their own firmware for the router, not netgears, not upgradeable unless sky do it themself, part of there T&C. there away to put their prices up, so i'm just about to move over to O2 BB, so i'll try again after that
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30 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bjproc View Post
thanks chev65, the router i use is a netgear DG834GT, i'm on sky broadband (UK) and they have their own firmware for the router, not netgears, not upgradeable unless sky do it themself, part of there T&C. there away to put their prices up, so i'm just about to move over to O2 BB, so i'll try again after that
Hi bjproc,

I'm sure chev65 will be back soon but I took the liberty of running your router model - it's not listed at the Windows 7 Compatibility Center. What's the model of your network adapter? Is it built-in, or a USB stick?

Also, here's a thread from a few weeks ago in which someone's having problems with their Netgear DG834GT as well: Netgear Router DG834GT - Windows 7 driver

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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30 Dec 2009   #7

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit
 
 

One thing I'd like to bring up is if the PC's are *ethernet* connected to the router vs wireless, then the driver issue is moot. There wouldn't be one for the router. The router isn't going to know anything about IPV6 anyway so any IPV6 packets would be ignored by it. You could throw *any* IPV4 based router in there and it wouldn't make a difference. Wireless is a different story of course.

WalkerA has a good point: The ethernet NIC could be an issue and drivers are common problem.

One tip that I learned that has worked on almost every version of Windows when IP acts really weird is to uninstall the adapter and reboot. This causes Windows to "re-discover" the adapter a reinstall the driver and create new registry settings. This may not be it, but I'll throw it out for consideration...
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30 Dec 2009   #8

Win 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WalkerA WinTeam View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bjproc View Post
thanks chev65, the router i use is a netgear DG834GT, i'm on sky broadband (UK) and they have their own firmware for the router, not netgears, not upgradeable unless sky do it themself, part of there T&C. there away to put their prices up, so i'm just about to move over to O2 BB, so i'll try again after that
Hi bjproc,

I'm sure chev65 will be back soon but I took the liberty of running your router model - it's not listed at the Windows 7 Compatibility Center. What's the model of your network adapter? Is it built-in, or a USB stick?

Also, here's a thread from a few weeks ago in which someone's having problems with their Netgear DG834GT as well: Netgear Router DG834GT - Windows 7 driver

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RedBirdDad View Post
One thing I'd like to bring up is if the PC's are *ethernet* connected to the router vs wireless, then the driver issue is moot. There wouldn't be one for the router. The router isn't going to know anything about IPV6 anyway so any IPV6 packets would be ignored by it. You could throw *any* IPV4 based router in there and it wouldn't make a difference. Wireless is a different story of course.

WalkerA has a good point: The ethernet NIC could be an issue and drivers are common problem.

One tip that I learned that has worked on almost every version of Windows when IP acts really weird is to uninstall the adapter and reboot. This causes Windows to "re-discover" the adapter a reinstall the driver and create new registry settings. This may not be it, but I'll throw it out for consideration...
i've disabled my wireless cards, and the router is connected with ethernet cables (a 25' one trailing through the house just now, maybe get it put under the floor tomorrow )

it's still not having this homegroup problem


the hard wire has fixed my streaming problems
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30 Dec 2009   #9

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit
 
 

Sounds like a wireless adapter issue. If you can provide the details on the adapter that would be a great start.
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30 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bjproc View Post
i've disabled my wireless cards, and the router is connected with ethernet cables (a 25' one trailing through the house just now, maybe get it put under the floor tomorrow )

it's still not having this homegroup problem


the hard wire has fixed my streaming problems
Well I'm glad your network is at least working now! Although running ethernet cable under the floorboards sounds like an inconvenient/expensive solution

Let us know if there's anything else we can do...

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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