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Windows 7: Home Network

25 Jan 2010   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Home Network

I've been going in circles trying to establish my networks between my primary and secondary rigs. I have also been going in circles trying to put together the many tutorials on the forum for this purpose, but being that my short term memory is shot, the harder that I try, the more flustrated that I get.

I know that it was recommended to use a public network, but not really understanding that, I have been going for a home network. At the moment, on the secondary rig, going to the Network window, it shows only itself under Computer, but it shows both rigs under Media Devices. Clicking on Computer only show a Users folder Previously, I had the printer showing on the secondary as a network printer, but for some reason, that has disappeared, and the wizard doesn't find it again.

On the primary, it only sees itself, with three items listed, both accounts and the computer. Click on the computer, it shows 4 folders..."d", "Users" "and Documents" plus the printer

I have tried to use the Homegroup passwords, but each time that I try, it fails on both rigs. I'm not exactly certain what I should see with the network properly working, so I'm groping in the dark. Anyone have a light?


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25 Jan 2010   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

How are your rigs connected to the network?
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25 Jan 2010   #3
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
How are your rigs connected to the network?
Yes, they are both hardwired via the router
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25 Jan 2010   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
From your specs, ,It looks to me like you are trying to set up Homegroups with your XP pro machine and a Windows 7 machine?

Homegroups is only made to work properly with Windows 7 machines so that will cause you some problems until you leave the Homegroup from the Windows 7 machines. That is why you are having problems with the Homegroup passwords.

After that you should try setting up a Workgroup on the Windows 7 machine then run the Network Setup Wizard on the XP machine and join the new Workgroup from there.

Homegroup - Leave

Network Location - Set as Home, Work, or Public Network
No. XP is a secondary OS on my primary rig, but I'm booted into W7 on both rigs.
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25 Jan 2010   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
In that case maybe Homegroups wasn't set up correctly. Those passwords are case sensitive in case you didn't notice that.
I used copy/paste, so I don't think that is the issue.
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25 Jan 2010   #6
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W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

At this point, I'm not sure which computer that was setup first, but in so far as entering the password, I haven't been able to do so on either. Curiously, if I click on account under Media Devices on the secondary, it open the WMP wizard. The same thing happens on the primary, but there is no title for Media Devices...or for that matter, for Computer either.
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25 Jan 2010   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I think that I may have found part of the problem. I ran the troubleshooters on both rigs, and on the secondary it said that the local time and system time didn't match, but it didn't fix it. I'm assuming that system time is that set in the BIOS (true?). How close together do they have to be...down to the second? If so, how do I sync the times so precisely? It seems that I vaguely recall seeing something about setting the local time to the system time, but I have been looking high and low, but haven't found it.
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25 Jan 2010   #8
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I'm not positive, but I think that I have the clocks set now...at least the troubleshooter didn't complain about it, but the differences in time were only a couple of minutes at the most. I'm still confused about the definitions of system time, because it was complaining about a difference in system time and local time. If system time is not the BIOS, but the time set in Windows, then what is the local time reference? If this is referring to the actual time, I already have that set to sync online, so there shouldn't be a difference in local and system time.

I'm also confused about definitions of homegroup vs network. Currently, it shows me joined on the first screen of the Network and Sharing Center, but it did that before I entered the primary password also, so I don't know if that really means joined to the Homegroup or the network.

Now, when I select the troubleshooter, I get a page of options to examine, like with the primary rig (before I only got one option...to troubleshoot), When I select shared files, the next screen ask for the network location. \\networkname\folder. Where do I find the network name? What folder?
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25 Jan 2010   #9
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You didn't address this question from my last post...would you?

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Now, when I select the troubleshooter, I get a page of options to examine, like with the primary rig (before I only got one option...to troubleshoot), When I select shared files, the next screen ask for the network location. \\networkname\folder. Where do I find the network name? What folder?
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25 Jan 2010   #10
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

For Homegroups to work you need to use the "Home" network location.

I think this is what your asking about? This is one of the first things you do before creating the Homegroup.
Network Location - Set as Home, Work, or Public Network
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