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Windows 7: Homegroup networking problem

14 May 2010   #1
apex2000

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM X64
 
 
Homegroup networking problem

I have two computers, both running Windows 7 Ultimate. They are linked by a wireless network through a TP-Link wireless router. The main computer is named 'Office', as that's where I use it. The second computer is called 'Class' and is situated in a room where I teach, adjacent to the office. My problem: The 'Office' computer is online 24/7. The 'Class' computer is only used when I am teaching. When I turn the 'Class' computer on, I can never connect to the 'Homegroup' without rebooting the 'Office' computer, which is really annoying. Many files that I use for teaching are on the 'Office' computer, so I need the 'Homegroup' connection. After a reboot of the 'Office' computer, everything works! How can I avoid having to reboot like this? Is there something wrong with the setup? Any advice would be very helpful, thank you.


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14 May 2010   #2
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I will be glad to teamview your computers to see what is wrong with it.

I see that using a TP Link Wireless Router and being on This later well (Eastern Standard Time) United States... you are not exactly in the states are you... so i'll be more than happy to help you with it. I am pretty good messing with the IPv4 and IPv6.

Being that this is a out of the country router meaning non-dlink non-linksys non-netgear... (I am assuming) it will take me a little bit to look around to see your setup. Then I can work on that.

With teamviewer....I can see your desktop if you would like to do chat and you can follow instructions or I can have full access to your desktop as you watch. If you are intested.... here is the link to team viewer...


TeamViewer - Free Remote Access and Remote Desktop Sharing over the Internet

Thanks
Kevin
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14 May 2010   #3
apex2000

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM X64
 
 

Thanks for the offer Kevin. Guess time might be a problem as I am in Thailand and you are in the States (Eastern Std Time). Just how many hours are we apart?

My router is TP-Link TD-W8901G and is a popular brand here in Thailand.

Please get back to me and we will try to arrange a teamview 'session'. Never done this before so it will be very interesting.

Have downloaded and installed TeamView already.

Thanks, Kevin. Looking forward to your reply.
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14 May 2010   #4
robmar0se

XP Pro - Vista - windows 7 ultimate/64 - 8.1 - 10
 
 

What antivirus are you using?

I had networking issues with 2 W7 machines, where in I setup a homegroup, but could not update files (could view okay) - found out that Norton is not compatible with W7 homregroups - found that McAfee & AVG were okay. If you do have Norton you need to uninstall, delete the homegroup and resetup again.
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14 May 2010   #5
apex2000

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robmar0se View Post
What antivirus are you using?

I had networking issues with 2 W7 machines, where in I setup a homegroup, but could not update files (could view okay) - found out that Norton is not compatible with W7 homregroups - found that McAfee & AVG were okay. If you do have Norton you need to uninstall, delete the homegroup and resetup again.
I am using ESET SS4 on both machines. I don't think that's the problem.
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14 May 2010   #6
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

About the only way this can happen is if you don't have the permissions set up correctly or Eset is causing the problem.
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14 May 2010   #7
apex2000

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM X64
 
 

One thing that I forgot to mention in my original post was this: After booting the 'Class' computer, I can see the shared folders on the 'Office' computer in Explorer on the 'Class' computer. However, when I click on any one of the shared folders from the 'Class' machine, I always get an error as shown in the first image below. After rebooting the 'Office' machine, then clicking on one of the shared folders from the 'Class' machine, a dialog box comes up asking for the username and password. After entering the username and password, everything is fine - until tomorrow!


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Homegroup networking problem-capture.jpg   Homegroup networking problem-capture-2.jpg  
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14 May 2010   #8
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
One thing that I forgot to mention in my original post was this: After booting the 'Class' computer, I can see the shared folders on the 'Office' computer in Explorer on the 'Class' computer. However, when I click on any one of the shared folders from the 'Class' machine, I always get an error as shown in the first image below. After rebooting the 'Office' machine, then clicking on one of the shared folders from the 'Class' machine, a dialog box comes up asking for the username and password. After entering the username and password, everything is fine - until tomorrow!
You do realize that the Homegroup networking feature is not made to work with a Domain?

I didn't realize you were using a Domain because you never metioned that until just now. So most likely that is the problem you are facing.

Read down the page a bit in the link below where it says....Note If your computer belongs to a domain, you won't be able to share files and printers with a homegroup, but you can still access files and printers shared by others.

Far as I'm concered problem solved cased closed.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...place-networks
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15 May 2010   #9
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
Thanks for the offer Kevin. Guess time might be a problem as I am in Thailand and you are in the States (Eastern Std Time). Just how many hours are we apart?

My router is TP-Link TD-W8901G and is a popular brand here in Thailand.

Please get back to me and we will try to arrange a teamview 'session'. Never done this before so it will be very interesting.

Have downloaded and installed TeamView already.

Thanks, Kevin. Looking forward to your reply.

Send me a private message of your ID and Password for your computer.
and give me a time when is best for you, I am on the eastern standard time and I am usually up during the odd hours of the night which would make it daytime for you.

sorry for taking so long to get this post. I completely forgot about this...

You are 11 hours ahead of me... so whever is best for you tonight would be the best since I will be home and its sunday for you
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21 May 2010   #10
apex2000

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM X64
 
 

Problem solved! It was the TP-Link Router at fault. bought a new Linksys WAG120N router , and everything is fine. Thanks for your time.
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