Ok. I am still not able to connect.
I deleted said file on both computers:
I have also gone through all of the steps on that troubleshooting guide: Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues
This includes making sure ipv6 is enabled, synchronizing the time, making sure network discovery is turned on, making sure all of the required services are turned on. Also, I am connected to the home network on both computers...the password is correct and so on.
The one thing I am not sure about is if my antivirus has a firewall that is blocking me. I am using AVG Free, and I don't think it is because I couldn't even find an option for it..but I am not 100% positive.
Still no luck. I continue to get the same message:
Homegroup encountered an error.
Here are the steps I am taking to set up the hg:
I successfully set up the homegroup on my desktop. Then on my laptop I go to the network and sharing center, click on homegroup, then join now (as it detects that there is a homegroup on my home network), type in the password and click join. Then it takes a minute or two and tells me that homegroup encountered an error.
Does anyone have any other ideas?? (ps thanks for the help so far)