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Windows 8(Wired) can't view Windoes 7 machines(Wireless)

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#1 chi1ddd


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 02:17 PM



I have a windows 8.1 machine that is wired to an ASUS router.  I have a few other Window's 7 machines that are connected via Wifi. 


The Wired 8.1 machine can not view any of the Wifi machines in the Network view.  Also, the Network map does not show them.  Can't ping either.


The Wireless Windows 7 machines can see all Wifi machines as well as the 8.1 machine.  However, the Network Map shows the 8.1 machine having a direct connection to the router icon.  The Windows 7 machine has a question mark between it and the router.


Also, I had a Homegroup setup but the Windows 8.1 could not view it.  I deleted the homegroup on the Windows 7 machines and started a new one on the Windows 8.1.  The windows 7 machines are asked to join that homegroup but are denied because it states the password is not correct.  However, the password is correct.  I have even changed the password to something very simple and tried again.  Something seems to be blocked the communication.


Windows Security Essentials on the Windows 7 machines.  Defender on the Windows 8.


Hopefully, this can be followed.



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#2 gavinseabrook


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:18 AM

Click on your network icon near the clock to bring up your list of networks. Right click your network and make sure that you are allowing access to view other devices. You may also want to go to your Explorer (file viewer) and click your network section. This will tell you if "Network Discovery" is on. 

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#3 Bleenoob


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Posted 28 September 2014 - 10:55 AM

Gavin is correct when he suggests this and he's probably more of an expert than me.

I have had this problem before with a range of machines using different OS and the Win 7 and WIn 8 compatibility has always given me the same problems as you. I read somewhere that if you connect each Win 7 device wireless device to the network using Ethernet first and add to the homegroup, then the network will subsequently discover them when you connect wirelessly. Don't ask me why but it worked for me.


Hope this helps.

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