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Windows 7: Homegroup

13 Nov 2009   #11
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Honestly, a solution may not happen easily for you. You have to have intricate knowledge of where installers place their files around the system, have to know how to scour the registry for obvious and not-so-obvious keys, go through the users folders making sure there are no signs, check the system32 folder....and after all that, Windows is still going to think you're using Comodo.

A user is your position only has 2 real choices.

Clean install or forget Homegroup and use classic networking, which is the "better way" anyhow.


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13 Nov 2009   #12
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
Honestly, a solution may not happen easily for you. You have to have intricate knowledge of where installers place their files around the system, have to know how to scour the registry for obvious and not-so-obvious keys, go through the users folders making sure there are no signs, check the system32 folder....and after all that, Windows is still going to think you're using Comodo.

A user is your position only has 2 real choices.

Clean install or forget Homegroup and use classic networking, which is the "better way" anyhow.
I'm afraid I have to agree with the clean install route, as much as it will make your life difficult. The fact that your system thinks it has Comodo installed and you cannot find out why is, I believe, indicative of deeper problems that cannot be cured by other than slicking the system and staring over (and not going with the Homegroup option.)

Try to back up all your current stuff, using something like GFI Backup - Free backup software for Windows - GFI Backup Home Edition to make the transition as painless as possible. (It does a great job, BTW.)
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14 Nov 2009   #13
tbernstein

 
 

I must admit, the "quit while I'm ahead" option may be best.
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14 Nov 2009   #14
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tbernstein View Post
I must admit, the "quit while I'm ahead" option may be best.
Sometimes quitting is a viable option, I agree.

I would still encourage you to try GFI Backup - Free backup software for Windows - GFI Backup Home Edition - it can't hurt, and may save you some extra work.
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15 Nov 2009   #15
tbernstein

 
 

SORTED!!!!!

I found a reference in the MS knowledge base.
You won't believe this.
You have to set the disabled items registry key to 0
But..... if it hasn't got one ( mine didn't) you have to create one first and then set it to zero!!!!!!

Or in Microsoft speak - if nothing is disabled everything is disabled unless you tell it that nothing is disabled.

In technical terms;
regedit
hkey-local machine\system\currentcontrolset\services\tcpip6\parameters
Then you have to set the DisabledComponents Dword to 0
And if there isn't a disabledcomponents dword you have to create one and then set it to zero???????

Which, since we users shouldn't be dragging our hands in the entrails of the registry, rather suggests a bug in the OS somewhere.
I'm fairly used to playing that game.
But the sort of ordinary user who actually needs the homegroups probably wouldn't want to try this.
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15 Nov 2009   #16
RandyD123

Win7 x64
 
 

As I've posted in a different thread, HOMEGROUP is ONLY for people who don't understand how sharing and how permissions work.
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16 Nov 2009   #17
tbernstein

 
 

...In which case they'd have no chance of sorting out this problem.


Oh and in the nature of networks - you get a range of users, from savvy to newbie. Or parents and children. Some can sort permissions, some not. But in a home network or small office, all need to be able to do sharing as and when needed.
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