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Windows 7: Can't connect win7 to workgroup

17 Apr 2009   #1
husskii

Win7-Vista-XpPro
 
 
Can't connect win7 to workgroup

hi everyone, I created a workgroup at home, but am a little stuck trying to connect win7 to it. So far I have my XP as the main PC which I created the workgroup on and my vista is connected to it via my workgroup name, now I'm trying to connect win7 to the workgroup, but the only option I can find is Homegroup and when I create a Homegroup on win7, I cant see my other PC's... I'm still new to this workgroup thingy, so please patients is needed. I need to know how to connect win7 to the workgroup, and would appreciate any help...
thanks in advance
husskii


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17 Apr 2009   #2
andych

Windows 7 RTM Ultimate - Activated (Technet)
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums
You really need to give us a little more info....which build of Windows 7?

Have you set the workgroup name to be the same as your workgroup?
Have you set advanced sharing in the network and sharing centre?

You can check your workgroup name in control Panel > System.

Turn on sharing and depending on your build you should be able to see the other PC's. I found that 7057 had a lot of network problems...7068 was better and 7077 is a dream.
Hope this helps....if not come back with more info and someone here will have the answers...
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17 Apr 2009   #3
husskii

Win7-Vista-XpPro
 
 

Hi M8, I am using win7 RC1 7057 and my workgroup name is the same. And everything in advance and sharing, is turned on. I can also ping to and from the other pc and I can see win7 from XP, but not the other way around. I should also add that even though I can see win7 from XP, I can't access the folder. Is it fixable or do I have to upgrade again..
thanks
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17 Apr 2009   #4
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by husskii View Post
Hi M8, I am using win7 RC1 7057 and my workgroup name is the same. And everything in advance and sharing, is turned on. I can also ping to and from the other pc and I can see win7 from XP, but not the other way around. I should also add that even though I can see win7 from XP, I can't access the folder. Is it fixable or do I have to upgrade again..
thanks
On build 7057 XP can not access shares on windows 7 C: drive, and windows 7 can not see XP in the network list. You can access XP by typing the IP or UNC path in windows explorer ie: \\computer name\share name. My advice is don't bother with build 7057 it is more of a hassle than to install a build that works better with XP.
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17 Apr 2009   #5
andych

Windows 7 RTM Ultimate - Activated (Technet)
 
 

I am with YupYup on this one...7057 was a pain for network shares etc. Try build 7077....I found it to be the best so far in terms of speed, network etc.
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17 Apr 2009   #6
husskii

Win7-Vista-XpPro
 
 

Bloody MS there goes another 3Gigs...
I found the 7077 release that TW7S uploaded to IPT, so will get that copy....
And one quick question pls! I have vista & win7 in dual boot on my notebook. now when I'm logged into vista and I check the securitry on a folder, I find that 1user is unknown with a bunch of numbers on the unknown username and also the same when I load up win7, I check in the security on one of its folders and I find 1user unknown with a bunch of numbers on the end of uername.. Is that because of the network prob in win7 7057.

thanks
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29 Dec 2009   #7
7up

windows 7 pro
 
 

I am having problems with xp to 7 as well

How do I know what build I have?
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29 Dec 2009   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Best networking in Win7 is when you use a Work Network. HOMEGROUP only plays well with other win7 computers. Make sure they all are on the same workgroup.

Make sure each computer has a unique name ! No 2 computers can have the same name !!!!!! In Network & sharing Center follow my 2 pics of options to check


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29 Dec 2009   #9
WalkerA WinTeam

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 7up View Post
I am having problems with xp to 7 as well

How do I know what build I have?
7up, search "System Information" in the Start menu search field.

Both 7up and husskii, let us know if updating to a newer Win7 Build does the trick for you! Good luck

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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29 Dec 2009   #10
7up

windows 7 pro
 
 

mine is version 6.1 build 7600 7 Professional
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