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Windows 7: Suggestions for most successful Homegroup setup

12 Aug 2018   #1
Debby

Windows 7
 
 
Suggestions for most successful Homegroup setup

Hi! Does anyone have good advice about how to setup Homegroup in one's home? I've tried to do it before, but the computers in our home stubbornly still weren't willing to share with each other. I had followed all directions my computer gave for setting it up. Will I have better success if I tell our ISP about my plans to have a homegroup in our home for our home computers? Thanks!


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12 Aug 2018   #2
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi Debby,

This might be of use: How to Create a Homegroup in Windows 7

I hope this helps!
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12 Aug 2018   #3
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Home group on win10 has been removed as it never worked very well. You can use default workgroups which worked for years. Create a share give everyone permission the Check the NTFS permissions allow everyone this is often overlooked and gives the problems. You can then disable ipv6 as it was only used for homegroups and slowed the network
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06 Oct 2018   #4
enxio27

Win7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Home group on win10 has been removed as it never worked very well. You can use default workgroups which worked for years. Create a share give everyone permission the Check the NTFS permissions allow everyone this is often overlooked and gives the problems. You can then disable ipv6 as it was only used for homegroups and slowed the network
Is this specifically for Win10? If applicable to Win7, would you please elaborate?

I'm trying to decide between a Homegroup and a Workgroup for my home network (all computers are running Win7). I sorta have both, but I'm really wanting to tighten things up and make all of the computers consistent and uniform.

My goal is for all computers on the network to be able to share files (ideally the entire data partition of each computer, which is separate from the Win7 partition), printer access, etc.
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07 Oct 2018   #5
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Homegroup is still in 7 so you can use both but if you update any to 10 it's now gone. Given the fact ms has pulled it due to problems it's better to stick with work group which has no problems. The simple way now is to use Google drive save to that and have it running on all PC's and it syncs everything for you in seconds
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07 Oct 2018   #6
enxio27

Win7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Homegroup is still in 7 so you can use both but if you update any to 10 it's now gone.
One computer on the network is running Win10, but it's my son's computer and I'm not trying to access that. (Trying to convince him to "upgrade" to Win7 anyway, though.) All the rest are Win7.

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Given the fact ms has pulled it due to problems it's better to stick with work group which has no problems.
The caveat to workgroups, though, is that each user has to have the same username and password on each computer, correct?

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The simple way now is to use Google drive save to that and have it running on all PC's and it syncs everything for you in seconds
Sorry, I'm doing my best to eliminate all things Google from my life, even considering switching our cell phones to <gasp!> iPhone due to Apple's better stance on privacy. Also looking at putting a personal cloud drive on the network.
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07 Oct 2018   #7
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

You don't need to have same user password on every PC it is simpler that way but if you set shares and NTFS to everyone. It will work
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07 Oct 2018   #8
enxio27

Win7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
You don't need to have same user password on every PC it is simpler that way but if you set shares and NTFS to everyone. It will work
So, best practices for setting up a workgroup for a half-dozen computers (all running Win7) on a home network?
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