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Windows 7: Cannot leave Homegroup


16 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro (Both Mchines)
 
 
Cannot leave Homegroup

I have tried to leave the homegroup, but i have not be able to.

I have seen several threads on this issue but none of which have fixed this.

Even in the threads that i have seen, the issue still was not resolved.

I have two Computers, both running windows 7. One (Desktop) I can join and leave the homegroup with out a hitch. But this computer (Desktop hooked to TV) I can't.

I hit the "leave homegroup" and it says that "windows couldn't remove you from the homegroup"

I hit "view and print Homegroup Password" and nothing, as if it isn't even a link, just words on the screen.

I try to change the password, I am able to see a new password, and type my own in. When i hit enter, it says "Windows cannot set up a homegroup on this computer"

Other then hardware between these two machines there is no settings different between them. This computer does not have anti virus on it, however my desktop does.

Homegroup provider - shows up on the task manager and is running
Homegroup listener - does not show up, but it was started, so i restarted it and nothing happened.

Firewalls, on or off nothing happened

Homegroup troubleshooter - issues found - PeerNetworking Grouping service isn't running. "start the Peer Networking Grouping service"
Yet it doesn't say how to do that....

SO PLEASE I AM FREAKING LOST!!!! HELP!!!!!!!

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16 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

To enable peer networking just go to start/search then type in 'system config' hit enter then go to 'services' scroll down to peer networking and set too enable then hit the 'apply' button to turn on the peer networking functions, like I have highlighted in the picture below.

You can join a homegroup in any edition of Windows 7, but you can only create one in Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise.


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16 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro (Both Mchines)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
To enable peer networking just go to start/search then type in 'system config' hit enter then go to 'services' scroll down to peer networking and set too enable then hit the 'apply' button to turn on the peer networking functions, like I have highlighted in the picture below.

You can join a homegroup in any edition of Windows 7, but you can only create one in Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise.

Ok i found where they are... they are all checked (everything on the list is checked) however next to Peer networking Grouping, it is checked but says it is stopped.... how do i get it to run?
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16 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Ok go to start/search and type in 'services' then hit enter, scroll down and find and click to highlight peer networking and restart the service, it might help to set it to automatic start up but usually the manual start up works.

To enable automatic start up just right click on it than choose properties, then where it says "start up type' it might help if you change to automatic start up. I'm not sure why it would be disabled in the first place but maybe the manual start up isn't working because of your AV software.


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16 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro (Both Mchines)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Ok go to start/search and type in 'services' then hit enter, scroll down and find and click to highlight peer networking and restart the service, it might help to set it to automatic start up but usually the manual start up works.

To enable automatic start up just right click on it than choose properties, then where it says "start up type' it might help if you change to automatic start up. I'm not sure why it would be disabled in the first place but maybe the manual start up isn't working because of your AV software.
Alright, went and did that.... it was on automatic, and i tried to hit start.... didn't work came up with en error. Went to manual... didn't work got an error

The error was this

"Windows could not start the Peer Networking Grouping service on Local Computer

Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start."



GRIM
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16 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Try going to Start/search type cmd, then right click on the little dos icon and run as admin. Type sfc/scannow into the command prompt then hit enter, give it some time to complete the scan. That should fix any file problems you might have.

I can't imagine why Peer networking wouldn't be working for you unless some files were corrupted or a rouge file needs to be delated, read on...

If that doesn't fix the problem try this TechNet fix for the problem.

The fix seems to be Deleting all files that reside in the PeerNetworking folder> C:\windows\serviceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking


You may need to go back into services and enable Peernetworking again after the fix. Don't forget to restart all machines after the fix.

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/...4-266bdfaddd37

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...c-e9a2c1469bd7
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16 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro (Both Mchines)
 
 

Ok I have managed to get the Networking grouping to start... had to delete file idstore.sst in location

C:\windows\serviceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking.

but still nothing....can not leave the homegroup
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16 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Sounds like the PeerNetworking problem is fixed. Do not forget to restart all machines after you delete that file from both of your Win 7 machines.

After that, Go to the control panel and click on the HomeGroups icon there you should see this.



Click on that and should see the password...
If you want them to leave then scroll down a little lower and you should see the "leave the homegroup" link...
That should remove the computer from that homegroup and once that is done to all the computers then you should be able to create a new one...
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16 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Pro (Both Mchines)
 
 

GOT IT!!!!! SWEEET!!!!!! HERE IS WHAT TO DO!!!!!

Once everything peer Networking Grouping is running all you have to do is this

start the Task Manager
Click on the service Tab
Find the "HomeGroupProvider"
AND STOP IT!!!!

Once you stop it... try to leave the homegroup...... worked for me!!!!

GRIM


Thanks CHEV!!!!!!
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16 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Thats great, I think that a restart might have gotten rid of that HomeGroupProvider also but not sure. In any event that file had to be deleted or nothing works right for some reason. I can't even figure out how that file gets there in the first place but it's a common problem apparently.

I have two of those Homegroup services running in my taskmanager one for system and one for services. I guess that once it gets associated with the disabled process it keeps homegroups from working. I'm still wondering how it got messed up in the first place. Maybe an AntiVirus installation or something.

I have no such problems with my Homegroup LOL, works absolutely perfectly for me.
I shall mark this as solved!

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