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#1 xXToffeeXx

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:13 PM

Hi, I hope you guys can help with my homegroup and network problems. I am running a laptop and a desktop who both are running Windows 7 Home Premium, and they will not connect.
 
My laptop can pick up my desktop, but cannot find it if I click on the network (says Windows cannot access my desktop), and if I try to use the homegroup folders (documents, pictures, music and videos) then nothing happens.
 
On my desktop I cannot find my laptop whatsoever on both the network tab and the homegroup, so I have a feeling that the problem lies with that computer.
 
Here is a picture of what the folders in the homegroup tab look like:
 
I appreciated any help, thank you.
 
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 07:51 PM

Do both computers connect to the internet by themselves ?  If they do, the problem probably lies with your network setup. If one of them doesn't connect to the internet, then you probably have a wi-fi problem with that computer. which will need fixing first.

 

Generally speaking, setting up a network in Win 7 is very easy. Use the network setup wizard on either one of them to create a 'Work Group' ( I think that's the current term ) and give it a name. The wizard will generate a password. Copy and paste this password into a Text file and save it to (a) somewhere on the computer so you can find it again in case of need; and (B) onto a memory stick.

 

On the second computer, use the network wizard to JOIN a work group. Open the text file, copy the password and paste it into the box asking for it, click 'Yes' or 'Join' and your two computers should be talking to one another. Then it is up to you to choose which files and folders you wish to share between them.

 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:21 AM

Just a note:  If you use the homegroup...you have to have passwords employed...but you can also network the two systems without using the homegroup.  The homegroup provides secure networking, but it is not the only way to network, as can be verified by anyone of us who networks Win 7 and XP system.

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-networking/networking-two-windows-7-computers-together/8d36cbeb-cac3-4e05-9aaa-1de675c131d0

 

 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:31 AM

Okay, so I remade the homegroup using the desktop and now it works. Both networking and homegroup work now, I'm not completely sure why remaking the homegroup fixed it...

Although clicking on 'Turn on media sharing' in the advanced settings does nothing on the desktop (the media sharing is on on the laptop), but I don't really mind at the moment.

 

Thank you for your help both of you,

 

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