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Windows 7: Two pc's in homegroup. One titled Homegroup2 the other Homegroup3?

06 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Two pc's in homegroup. One titled Homegroup2 the other Homegroup3?

Hi guys,

I saw something a little strange pop up last night that's not causing any problems that I know of but thought I'd run it by the pro's here just in case.

About two weeks ago I updated my two home pc's to Windows 7 Ultimate x64. I'd previously run this setup on XP Pro x64 through the Linksys BEFSR41 version 4.2. Both of the installs were clean as I installed a new hard drive on my machine and formatted my girlfriend's. I seem to recall everything working out for a few days before we began to get random disconnections. More so when one of us was already online, gaming or surfing.. the other would attempt to login to their email or start a game and suddenly we'd both get disconnected.

After doing a little testing it appeard to me that the router was the culprit, so last night I ran down and picked up a Netgear WNR2000-100NAS. Setup was a breeze and both computers were immediately picked up so I was able to reconnect both pc's back into the homeroup.

My question is regarding the current state of our homegroup. On my pc the homegroup is labeled: Homegroup 3 and on my girlfriend's it's labeled as Homegroup 2. I know when troubleshooting and connecting only my pc to the modem that I inadvertantly created the second homegroup on my machine before purchasing the new router, leaving that homegroup and starting another which is labeled 3.

Is there a problem with my pc's having different names for the homegroup they're connected to? I had no problems sharing files, printers, or anything else... and everything SEEMS to be ok.

I thought about leaving the homegroup on her machine in order to join again... being the third time I'd joined a network on her machine I assumed it would automatically be named Homegroup 3 then.

Or... should I just ignore it?

Or... can I manualy change the title of the Homegroup? The actual Homegroup is known as "WORKGROUP" so I'm not asking how to change the name.. just the title Windows is using to describe it. I always assumed I'd want both pc's to show theyre on the same whether it be Homegroup 1, Homegroup 2, or whatever.



My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

You should leave all the Homegroups from each machine then start all over again. You only want one Homegroup, you should only need one password to connect your machines to that Homegroup.

Homegroup - Leave

Homegroup - Create

Homegroup - Add Computer or Join
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Ohhh perhaps that was my problem. I don't think I've at any time left the homegroup with BOTH pc's at the same time. I'm pretty sure one always had it going so I kept adding the pc that I removed back to the original...

When I originally connected my pc directly to the modem rather than the router for troubleshooting I was asked to setup a new or seperate homegroup, that homegroup was labled homegroup 2. Then after setting up the new router I was asked again to setup a homegroup on my pc and it was labeled homegroup 3. My girlfriend's machine was always running the original homegroup until I added her to the newly created homegroup 3, which then tagged her homegroup as homegroup 2.

I'll leave both homegroups tonight and start over. I was expecting this to lead me to the outcome of my pc's homegroup being labeled homegroup 4, and my gf's being listed as homegroup 3.... which is why I thought I'd only leave the group on her machine and expect it to be labeled homegroup 3 upon re-adding her to my current group.

I assumed that each time you added another group you were always given the next number in sequence. It sounds like you're saying that if I leave the group on both pc's before starting over that I'll be given back the origianl "homegroup" or homegroup1" title.

confusing much?! hehe

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