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Homegroup - Join in Windows 8

  1. #11

    Had the same problem for 2 days now. Light Bulb Moment! BOTH COMPUTERS HAD THE SAME NAME. Renamed second computer and joining took 30 seconds.

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  2. #12

    New Jersey
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    Windows 8.1

    My Experience with Homegroups

    Ok, so Iím not a programmer, but here is my experience with installing Homegroups. First of all, the requisite network parameters are set by default when you install Windows 8.1 , except for the system time which the troubleshooter detects anyway. My nightmare started when I tried to create a Homegroup that included two identical user names (not computer names) in my home network consisting of an internet modem, wired router, and three computers. This is a natural situation to be in when you have more than one computer in the house. Microsoft doesnít warn you of this situation, and it throws the Homegroup system into a snit. When I tried to join the Homegroup I got timeouts trying to join the homegroup and ďHomegroup is no longer detectedĒ errors. After I changed one of the user names, I rebooted that computer. I then uninstalled the Homegroups I had started on both computers. I started a new Homegroup on what I thought was the offending computer. After I finished creating the Homegroup a pop-up declared that it found a Homegroup and I should go join that one. Well that is the Homegroup I had just created and it detected itself, so I ignored the pop-up. I then went to the second computer and used the join code to connect to the Homegroup creator. My router (TP-Link TL-R860 Ver.5) is a few years old and not certified for IP-V6, so I gather that some sort of tunneling scheme is used by Windows for whatever purpose in Homegroup functionality. My Homegroup is now living peacefully with my Network (Workgroup) and Media Sharing features. Iím also running Norton 360 on one computer and Norton Internet Security on the Windows 8.1 machines. I experimented with turning Norton On/Off but it didnít seem to make a difference in this case. The third computer is running Vista.
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