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Windows 7: Homegroup - why is this not symmetrical?

16 Feb 2010   #1

2x Windows 7
Homegroup - why is this not symmetrical?

I was experimenting with Windows 7's Homegroup feature. My main computer declared that it had created a homegroup and showed a password. I typed that pwd into my second computer and it said, it had now joined the homegroup.

Odd enough, I now see and can access the second computer from the first one (so obviously it indeed joined the first computer's home group), but for some strange reason I don't see the first computer from the second one. When I click on homegroup on computer 2 it tells me "No other homegroup computers are currently visible", even though it *has* joined the group and is visible from the other computer!

How can that be? Why is this homegroup not behaving "symmetrically" (i.e. such, that if A sees computer B, then B also sees A?)


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16 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

On your second computer are you able to browse folders/files from your first computer? i.e. pictures, musics, videos etc?
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17 Feb 2010   #3

2x Windows 7

No, I don't, since it doesn't even "see" the first computer (at least it doesn't show it under HomeGroup). As I wrote: when I click HomeGroup I only get that "No other homegroup computers are currently visible" message.

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17 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Hi, see if this helps. I would have suggested Network Discovery to be turned on, but sure you have done that?

HomeGroup Problem: Computer A cannot see compuer B, but B can see A
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17 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Hello mmo,

Try this Homegroup walkthrough which covers most of the problems you might run into.
Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues

If checking all those things doesn't help you should try the procedure outlined in the post below which involves delating a certain problem file.
Homegroup Not Working
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