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Windows 7: Trying to network 4 computers with no internet using switch

19 Apr 2013   #1

windows 7 Pro x64
Trying to network 4 computers with no internet using switch

I am trying to network 4 computers (2 running Windows 7 Pro and 2 running windows 7 home premium). Each computer needs to have a static IP (, .98, .97, and .96) with subnet at Default gateway is blank.

When the computers are all on and connected to my Linksys 5 port 10/100 Workgroup switch, all the networks show as Unidentified networks in the network and sharing center and all are public. I am unable to change this.

I am also unable to "see" the other computers in the network map.

I have searched multiple threads and done many things but I can't seem to figure it out.

I do not need internet, just to be able to see all the computers and use and move files between them.

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19 Apr 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Maybe the info in this tutorial will help:
Unidentified Networks - Set as Private or Public
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20 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Welcome to Seven Forums

Could you go into command prompt and do the
ipconfig /all
command. Post a screen shot here please.
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20 Apr 2013   #4

Win7 & Win8 64bit


In your Linksys switch a managed or unmanaged switch?
Why not try using this: 192.168.1.X and Subnet Mask of
Each computer needs to have a static IP (, .98, .97, and .96) with subnet at
Also, instead of using a Workgroup, is this what you have setup? Try Homegroup for Windows 7.
HomeGroup from start to finish - Microsoft Windows Help
Home sweet homegroup: Networking the easy way in Windows 7
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22 Apr 2013   #5

windows 7 Pro x64

I think I fixed it. I just set it up on a homegroup instead of a workgroup and connected through the wireless hotspot on my phone instead of through the Ethernet cable.
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23 Apr 2013   #6

Win7 & Win8 64bit

That's great news. Thanks for the update. :)
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