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Homegroup - Cannot Open Libraries on One Computer


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#1 heavydude

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 05:25 PM

I have a desktop PC running Windows 7 Professional and a laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate.

 

My desktop has all my files and documents.

 

I set up a Homegroup between the desktop and laptop so that I can use the laptop out in the workshop and access my reference material that I keep on the desktop.

 

On the desktop, when I go to My Computer - Homegroup I click on the laptop icon, then the documents library and the documents library opens up and gives me access to the few documents that I have on the laptop. No problem.

 

When I click on Network it shows me icons for my pc and laptop. When I click on laptop I get the icon Users Share. That brings up my files on the laptop. No problem.

 

On the laptop, when I go to My Computer - Homegroup I click on the pc icon, then when I click on the documents library icon I get the hourglass momentarily and then nothing happens. Same with the other libraries.

 

When I click on Network it shows me icons for my pc and laptop. When I click on pc I get a pop-up that says Windows Security. Enter your password to connect to pc. See photo. I put in my Homegroup password and get the error: unknown user name or bad password. That must be what's hanging things up.

 

I have no clue as to where to go from there. I've set the Homegroup on both computers not to require passwords.

 

I don't use passwords to log on to my computers and I don't recall every having a "network password" or being asked for one until now.

 

Appreciate any help you can give.

 

 

 

 

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 11:00 AM

I don't believe that you have to use Homegroup at all.  My Win 7 systems (1 laptop, 1 desktop) automatically see each other as networked, with full access...and I don't bother with Homegroup...I just click the Network icon.

 

All computers are part of a workgroup I set up for my XP install.

 

I was under the impression that Homegroup requires use of a password (the same password provided by one of the systems), while simply using the Network icon does not.

 

FWIW:  https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-networking/homegroup-asking-for-network-password-when/02508c8a-df8e-4c68-8034-0719a7e5a187 .

 

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Edited by hamluis, 27 May 2018 - 11:07 AM.


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Posted 28 May 2018 - 12:28 AM

I've worked through a bunch of those suggestions with no luck.

 

I'll keep at it.

 

Thanks.



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Posted 28 May 2018 - 12:57 AM

Have you verified that on the computers in the group that the date/time are accurate - including on each system (one at a time of course) synchronizing the time on each:

 


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 10:45 PM

The time thing worked.

 

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