homegroup problem

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Seasidepeter, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Seasidepeter

    Seasidepeter Guest

    I have three pcs all running windows 7. The main desktop is connected
    directly to the internet via ethernet and a router; the others are
    wireless connections.

    When I click on Homegroup in the main pc I get the message "the
    homegroup is not available because you are not connected to the home
    network."

    When I try to create a homegroup in control panel I get the same
    message. If I try to "join an existing network" a panel opens up in the
    bottom right of the status bar saying "currently connected to network.
    Internet access." And all homegroup options are greyed out except "Leave
    homegroup"- which apparently isn't available!

    I have no idea what's going on. Can anyone cast any light on the problem?

    TIA
     
    Seasidepeter, Aug 11, 2010
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  2. Seasidepeter

    Snoker Wead Guest

    "Seasidepeter" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I have three pcs all running windows 7. The main desktop is connected
    > directly to the internet via ethernet and a router; the others are
    > wireless connections.
    >
    > When I click on Homegroup in the main pc I get the message "the homegroup
    > is not available because you are not connected to the home network."
    >
    > When I try to create a homegroup in control panel I get the same message.
    > If I try to "join an existing network" a panel opens up in the bottom
    > right of the status bar saying "currently connected to network. Internet
    > access." And all homegroup options are greyed out except "Leave
    > homegroup"- which apparently isn't available!
    >
    > I have no idea what's going on. Can anyone cast any light on the problem?
    >
    > TIA


    make sure "client for microsoft networks" is installed on main computer.
     
    Snoker Wead, Aug 11, 2010
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  3. Seasidepeter

    Ken Blake Guest

    On Wed, 11 Aug 2010 11:51:28 +0100, Seasidepeter
    <> wrote:

    > I have three pcs all running windows 7. The main desktop is connected
    > directly to the internet via ethernet and a router; the others are
    > wireless connections.
    >
    > When I click on Homegroup in the main pc I get the message "the
    > homegroup is not available because you are not connected to the home
    > network."
    >
    > When I try to create a homegroup in control panel I get the same
    > message. If I try to "join an existing network" a panel opens up in the
    > bottom right of the status bar saying "currently connected to network.
    > Internet access." And all homegroup options are greyed out except "Leave
    > homegroup"- which apparently isn't available!
    >
    > I have no idea what's going on. Can anyone cast any light on the problem?




    I strongly recommend that you avoid homegroups and use workgroups
    instead. They are almost identical, but a homegroup works only with
    Windows 7 computers. That may be OK for you now, but if you ever need
    to add a Windows XP or Vista computer, you'll be out of luck.
     
    Ken Blake, Aug 11, 2010
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  4. Seasidepeter

    Yousuf Khan Guest

    On 8/11/2010 10:16 AM, Ken Blake wrote:
    > I strongly recommend that you avoid homegroups and use workgroups
    > instead. They are almost identical, but a homegroup works only with
    > Windows 7 computers. That may be OK for you now, but if you ever need
    > to add a Windows XP or Vista computer, you'll be out of luck.
    >


    Well, homegroups are all that's available in Win7. However, the
    homegroups can be made to be compatible with older-style workgroups by
    disabling the requirement for encryption.

    Yousuf Khan
     
    Yousuf Khan, Aug 12, 2010
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  5. Seasidepeter

    Sunny Guest

    "Yousuf Khan" <> wrote in message
    news:-lp.com...
    > On 8/11/2010 10:16 AM, Ken Blake wrote:
    >> I strongly recommend that you avoid homegroups and use workgroups
    >> instead. They are almost identical, but a homegroup works only with
    >> Windows 7 computers. That may be OK for you now, but if you ever need
    >> to add a Windows XP or Vista computer, you'll be out of luck.
    >>

    >
    > Well, homegroups are all that's available in Win7. However, the
    > homegroups can be made to be compatible with older-style workgroups by
    > disabling the requirement for encryption.
    >
    > Yousuf Khan


    My Windows7 Home has both workgroup and homegroup available.
    I am using workgroup through a router with 3 computers (WinXP and Win98SE)
    using Ethernet cables and 2 Netbooks (Win7 Home) using WiFi.
    No problems with sharing files and/or transferring content.
     
    Sunny, Aug 12, 2010
    #5
  6. Seasidepeter

    Ken Blake Guest

    On Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:30:58 -0400, Yousuf Khan <>
    wrote:

    > On 8/11/2010 10:16 AM, Ken Blake wrote:
    > > I strongly recommend that you avoid homegroups and use workgroups
    > > instead. They are almost identical, but a homegroup works only with
    > > Windows 7 computers. That may be OK for you now, but if you ever need
    > > to add a Windows XP or Vista computer, you'll be out of luck.
    > >

    >
    > Well, homegroups are all that's available in Win7.



    Sorry, but that is *not* correct. Workgroups are available (as I said
    above), and if you are running Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise,
    Domains are also available.
     
    Ken Blake, Aug 12, 2010
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