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Windows 7: Can't join Homegroup

11 Jan 2010   #131
eegleye

Windows 7 64 Home Premium
 
 

I too have been fighting the HomeGroup battle. I finally contacted Netgear and found out that my Netgear WNR3500 doe NOT support IPv6, therefore HomeGroup will never work. I suggest any of you guys fighting this problem find out if your router will forward IPv6 packets.


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15 Jan 2010   #132
G del Treve

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

This is the solution!!!! Thanks Shawn!!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shawn10 View Post
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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20 Jan 2010   #133
Vailsburg

Windows 7 home
 
 

DISABLE FIREWALLS!!! Firewalls will block other computers from attempting to connect. Try disabling your Anti-virus software FIREWALL only. EX: Norton, McAfee etc. Worked for me! Good luck.
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21 Jan 2010   #134
mikegray223

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
Home Group

I have a Net Gear WNR 3500 router also and have homegroup up and working. It is not the router's problem. My problem early on was with the firewalls. I had to delete McAfee which left only Microsoft. After setting up the homegroup, I re-installed McAfee and all is well in network land.
Thanks,
Mike
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23 Jan 2010   #135
gyork

Windows 7
 
 

The problem I'm having is that I can access the "Home Group" file sharing folder in the Control Panel, but no where does it give me the option to create or join the "Home Group".

I'm trying to network an HP Pavilion desktop connected to my router via patch cable to an HP laptop and having the same problems on both ends.
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23 Jan 2010   #136
ownedandout

Windows 7: Home Premium
 
 
AVG free

If anyone is using AVG free anti-virus that will be causing the problem. It makes homegroup very inconsistent and it would be trying homegroup with it uninstalled.

Hope this helps.
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27 Jan 2010   #137
gyork

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gyork View Post
The problem I'm having is that I can access the "Home Group" file sharing folder in the Control Panel, but no where does it give me the option to create or join the "Home Group".

I'm trying to network an HP Pavilion desktop connected to my router via patch cable to an HP laptop and having the same problems on both ends.

I don't have AVG or a third party firewall; is there a solution out there for the problem I'm experiencing?
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27 Jan 2010   #138
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gyork View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gyork View Post
The problem I'm having is that I can access the "Home Group" file sharing folder in the Control Panel, but no where does it give me the option to create or join the "Home Group".

I'm trying to network an HP Pavilion desktop connected to my router via patch cable to an HP laptop and having the same problems on both ends.

I don't have AVG or a third party firewall; is there a solution out there for the problem I'm experiencing?
You can only create a Homegroup with Windows 7 Home Premium or above. I'm not sure what you mean by patch cable? You should be using a standard eithernet cable to the router.

You might want to go down this Homegroup check list and make sure everything is correct.
http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/wi...-to-homegroup/
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29 Jan 2010   #139
fengkunliu

Win 7
 
 

Well, I also had the same problem but now my problem is solved! I have a desktop and laptop. When I create a homegroup on one computer, the other computer has no "ready to join" button since no homegroup is detected.

After trying various ways mentioned in this thread and some others, I still didn't solve the problem. Then I noticed the computer name on my desktop and laptop are the same. So I just tried to change the computer name on my laptop so that the two computers have different names, and guess what? It just detected the homegroup immediately. So now I can join the homegroup.

How I did to change computer name (Win 7):

1. Go to Control Panel\System and Security\System
2. In Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click on "Change settings" you'll get system properties window.
3. Under the "Computer name" tag, click on "change" button, you'll be able to change your computer name.

Hope this will work for you!
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29 Jan 2010   #140
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Yes indeed your networked machines need to use a different machine name or one of them simply will not show up and because you can't create a Homegroup with only one machine you were unable to create the Homegroup. Thanks for reporting in fingkunliu.

Other relivant links below about Homegroup connection problems.

Windows 7 Homegroup Invalid Passwords Because of Date and Time Settings - Resolve the issue with a simple workaround - Softpedia

Cannot leave Homegroup

Windows 7 HomeGroup: Walkthrough

Homegroup Password is incorrect?

Cannot change active network from public to home in Windows 7

HomeGroup get an error of must have IPv6 enabled

If one of these links helped you fix your problem don't forget to Rep.
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