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Windows 7: Homegroup issues

11 Dec 2009   #11
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Why can’t I access my HomeGroup?

There are several reasons why you can’t access your HomeGroup. Here are the most popular reasons for not being able to connect to your HomeGroup.If none of these troubleshooting tips work, try restarting your computer, or leave and then re-join the HomeGroup.
I have one more to add to that, everyone seems to forget it!

Make sure the time on each machine is exactly the same. Even if there's 1/2 second difference between the two, it won't connect


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11 Dec 2009   #12
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Why can’t I access my HomeGroup?




There are several reasons why you can’t access your HomeGroup. Here are the most popular reasons for not being able to connect to your HomeGroup.If none of these troubleshooting tips work, try restarting your computer, or leave and then re-join the HomeGroup.
I have one more to add to that, everyone seems to forget it!

Make sure the time on each machine is exactly the same. Even if there's 1/2 second difference between the two, it won't connect
You are correct of course, I've seen that problem come up a few times. Sometimes the Homegroup trouble shooter will tell you if the time isn't correctly set. Windows is picky about that sorta thing.

The fix is to reset the time on all machines so they are the same, sometimes you even need to go into bios and make sure the bios time is also correct.

Windows updates will also fail if the time isn't set correctly.
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11 Dec 2009   #13
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Windows updates will also fail if the time isn't set correctly.
I didn't know that, thanks for the tip
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11 Dec 2009   #14
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rsvr85 View Post
Make sure the time on each machine is exactly the same. Even if there's 1/2 second difference between the two, it won't connect
You are correct of course, I've seen that problem come up a few times. Sometimes the Homegroup trouble shooter will tell you if the time isn't correctly set. Windows is picky about that sorta thing.

The fix is to reset the time on all machines so they are the same, sometimes you even need to go into bios and make sure the bios time is also correct.
I defy you to synchronize several computer bios times to within half a second.

I have used the windows time synchronizer to get the computer clocks as close as possible, but if this is the reason why Homegroup is so problematic for so many people, its stupid design. I just don't see average users getting that technical, and the whole point after all, is to make networking LESS technical.
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11 Dec 2009   #15
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rsvr85 View Post
Make sure the time on each machine is exactly the same. Even if there's 1/2 second difference between the two, it won't connect
You are correct of course, I've seen that problem come up a few times. Sometimes the Homegroup trouble shooter will tell you if the time isn't correctly set. Windows is picky about that sorta thing.

The fix is to reset the time on all machines so they are the same, sometimes you even need to go into bios and make sure the bios time is also correct.
I defy you to synchronize several computer bios times to within half a second.

I have used the windows time synchronizer to get the computer clocks as close as possible, but if this is the reason why Homegroup is so problematic for so many people, its stupid design. I just don't see average users getting that technical, and the whole point after all, is to make networking LESS technical.
Those clocks don't need to be exactly the same but if they are days off then nothing works correctly.

Did you ever get Homegroup to work for you RogerR?
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11 Dec 2009   #16
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

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Did you ever get Homegroup to work for you RogerR?
No, sir, Mr chev. Not yet. Every now and again I look in here and chip away at it, but no success yet. There is apparently a gnat in my network somewhere ...
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11 Dec 2009   #17
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Your not alone in that boat LOL, does workgroup or public file sharing work?
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11 Dec 2009   #18
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

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Your not alone in that boat LOL,
No kidding - just look at the forum post totals.

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does workgroup or public file sharing work?
They work fine.

Just synched all my clocks, and currently the wireless machine says there are no homegroups to join.
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11 Dec 2009   #19
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Maybe trying all this stuff will help or possibly it's a problem with the Router's security settings.

Why can’t I access my HomeGroup?


There are several reasons why you can’t access your HomeGroup. Here are the most popular reasons for not being able to connect to your HomeGroup. If none of these troubleshooting tips work, try restarting your computer, or leave and then re-join the HomeGroup.
Giving up is not an Option!
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11 Dec 2009   #20
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

All that is OK. Can see other computers on the network and access the public shares from both Win7 computers. I have previously dumped the homegroup on my main machine and started all over, and I think at this point I've been through all the troubleshooters and toggled all the toggles. If I had to guess, I would guess its an IPv6 issue (yes, my router is compliant and up to date).
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