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Windows 7: Can't join Homegroup

16 Oct 2009   #111
shawn10

Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bits)
 
 

Hey everyone! I was having the same problem but I found a solution. Apparently, not sure why, but Windows did not change the settings in the registry after enabling IPv6. I found a solution over here.

For anyone else having this problem:


1. Click Start. Search for run and press enter. In the field, type regedit and press OK.

2. In the registry, navigate to the following key.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
\SYSTEM
\CurrentControlSet
\Services
\Tcpip6
\Parameters
3. In the right pane, right-click on “DisabledComponents” and select modify. In the value data field, type “0″ (without quotations) and press OK. If the value was set to ``FF``, it was turned off.
4. Reboot your computer and it should work. It did for me.


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19 Oct 2009   #112
mikegray223

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
Windows 7 Homegroup

I am a MAPS member and have the final copy of Win. 7 Ultilmate and Pro. I have Ultilmate on my main computer desktop) and Pro. on my laptop. I have had the same problem that many others have about the Home Network not working correctly. After many and I do mean many hours of trial and error's I finally got it working just now. I use McAfee Security Suite through Comcast. I unistalled it and turned on Windows Firewall and reinstalled McAfee without its firewall. Did this on both my laptop and desktop. After all this, it started working and is doing well at this time. Hope this helps somebody out there.
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20 Oct 2009   #113
Vic Lebowski

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Try to copy your network settings from your deskopt onto USB and stick it into your laptop then connet it to home network. then change network type into home and set up a new homegroup on any of your computers, it should help
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21 Oct 2009   #114
robot1000

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Found a solution

You will need to disable the SSID broadcast on your router and then it should work
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21 Oct 2009   #115
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robot1000 View Post
You will need to disable the SSID broadcast on your router and then it should work
How would disabling SSID broadcast, have anything to do with joining a Window7 homegroup?

Could you please elaborate?

Greetings
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22 Oct 2009   #116
kernelhappy

Win 6 x64
 
 

I just joined to share this with everyone.

I had a existing homegroup that was controlled by a desktop I am decomissioning. I had the same difficulty others seem to be having in changing the homegroup and this is what I did to create a new one;

Control Panel-> Network Sharing Center -> Change advanced sharing settings.

I turned off network discovery and changed HomeGroup Connections to "Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers"

I saved changes, logged off/logged on. Then I went in and I was able to create a new homegroup and password.

This seems a lot cleaner than disabling networking components from the stack.

I can't believe that there is no "change homegroup" option in the control widget.
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22 Oct 2009   #117
robot1000

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SquonkSC View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robot1000 View Post
You will need to disable the SSID broadcast on your router and then it should work
How would disabling SSID broadcast, have anything to do with joining a Window7 homegroup?

Could you please elaborate?

Greetings
You might notice that if you are using a wireless network then your Network will be called the SSID of your router, yet if you have another computer connected through a wired connection then the Network would just appear as 'Network'.

Therefore there is a conflict of Network names that is why the Homegroup doesn't work. By disabling the broadcast of the SSID of the router, the Network would just be called 'Network' on the wireless computer and should therefore start working.
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22 Oct 2009   #118
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robot1000 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SquonkSC View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robot1000 View Post
You will need to disable the SSID broadcast on your router and then it should work
How would disabling SSID broadcast, have anything to do with joining a Window7 homegroup?

Could you please elaborate?

Greetings
You might notice that if you are using a wireless network then your Network will be called the SSID of your router, yet if you have another computer connected through a wired connection then the Network would just appear as 'Network'.

Therefore there is a conflict of Network names that is why the Homegroup doesn't work. By disabling the broadcast of the SSID of the router, the Network would just be called 'Network' on the wireless computer and should therefore start working.
Hi robot1000,

That would mean there is a bug in Homegroup because networkname and SSID have nothing to do with each other what soever.

Both the wireless connected computer and and the wired connected computer should have the same name in legacy network settings.
In Homegroup this is not necessary anymore.

I am sure something else solved your problem without you being aware of what it was.
But it's definitely not disabling broadcasting.

note: I had SSID broadcasting enabled and a working homegroup.
My wired HTPC, my daughters wired PC and my wireless laptop could successfully join the group.
My wired studio PC could not.

I tried numerous different scenarios.
When I created a new homegroup from the studio, my daughters wired PC, and my wireless laptop could join, but not my HTPC.

After days of struggling I found out that which ever computer created the homegroup, I could only join two others, and not a third.
All the computers had identical setups.

I am quite experienced in networking. I did it for my living.
But I found the homegroup to be utterly flawed, both with connecting,
and also security wise. (msn live accounts are recommended for user identification. )
After three days of experimenting every possible scenario, I gave up.

I made a network the old fashioned way, with equal networknames,
advanced shares and ntfs security, and had everything connected and properly secured in 20 minutes.

MS tried to make networking easier for inexperienced users,
but imho they failed miserably.

Greetings.
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23 Oct 2009   #119
TomSea

Windows 7
 
 
Win7 Homegroups and McAfee Firewall

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mikegray223 View Post
I am a MAPS member and have the final copy of Win. 7 Ultilmate and Pro. I have Ultilmate on my main computer desktop) and Pro. on my laptop. I have had the same problem that many others have about the Home Network not working correctly. After many and I do mean many hours of trial and error's I finally got it working just now. I use McAfee Security Suite through Comcast. I unistalled it and turned on Windows Firewall and reinstalled McAfee without its firewall. Did this on both my laptop and desktop. After all this, it started working and is doing well at this time. Hope this helps somebody out there.
Helped me - was running Security Suite through Comcast, and 2 Security Suite Beta versions. Both versions disabled Homegroup sniffing and/or broadcast.

Solution: uninstall complete McAfee Suite.
Install/activate homegroups as per Windows instruction.
Reinstall the virus protection alone - allow Windows Firewall to manage firewall.

3 hours wasted until I found your post. Hopefully this helps others as well.
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23 Oct 2009   #120
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

If you are running a 3rd party firewall then you will probably have to set up your port s manually to allow windows networking

Ports 134 - 138 and 445 open both ways is normally what is required.

The settings in the network and sharing centre only set up automatic ports for Windows firewall
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