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All computers on the same network, each cant see others

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center

    All computers on the same network, each cant see others


    My HOME network setup is seen in the attached jpg.
    I have a windows xp sp3 with wired internet.
    I have 3 wifi laptops all able to connect to the internet.
    1 laptop is windows 8
    the other two are windows 7
    When i open up my network and sharing center all i see is the one
    latop as seen in the other attached photo.
    How do i get all computers on one
    wifi network so i can see all of them and share files between them?
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  2. #2


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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    theyre all set to home network and all have the same workgroup name
    PLEASE HELP ME GET TO LOOK LIKE IN THE ATTACHED PHOTO
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  3. #3


    Setup your network like in the tutorial:
    Setting up a home network
    And make sure that all Firewalls are configured to Tcp and Ip settings.
    Then if any problems try us again.
    Also welcome to eightforums micahgill85.
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    The link above just gave you a vague idea on how to do it. Can you tell me what brand & Model of the router you are using ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    The link above just gave you a vague idea on how to do it. Can you tell me what brand & Model of the router you are using ?
    He's Using a Netgear wnr1000.

    There is no tutorial on this subject so I had to go with what MS say!
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  6. #6


    I'm no expert but I have noted a windows 8 computer sets up a homegroup. If you have your network named something else the 8 unit might be confused. Runs in my mind you can delete or at least leave the homegroup on the 8 unit, maybe that would help.

    I had fits running windows xp and 7 in a network then I added two 8's and had to start over.
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    Homegroup only supports Windows 7 & Windows 8. But not Windows Vista, XP so we are going to setup a regular Home Networking.


    1. Let us turn the Homegroup off. In each Win 7 & Win 8:

      Control Panel -> Homegroup, Click on Leave Homegroup

      Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services. Disable Homegroup Listener and Homegroup Provider.
    2. Make sure the following services are running In all PCs:

      Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services

      COM+ Event System
      Computer Browser
      DHCP Client
      DNS Client
      Network Connections
      Network Location Awareness
      Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
      Server
      TCP/IP Netbios helper
      Wireless Zero Configuration ( XP
      wireless configurations only)
      WLAN AutoConfig
      Workstation
    3. In each PC, make sure they have the same Workgroup Name
      For example: WORKGROUP

      Click image for larger version
    4. Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center->Change Advanced Sharing Settings
      and set as shown in screenshot below:


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    5. Right click on Drives/Folders in each PC -> Advanced Sharing. Click on Advanced Sharing again, tick on share this folder, assign a share name then click on permissions. add a user: Everyone if not already existed then set permission to Full for now.

      Again, Right click on Drives/Folders -> Properties->Security. If Everyone is not on the user names list then click on Edit and add Everyone to the list and set permission to Full control
    6. Now open a browser and login into your Netgear router: http://routerlogin.com
      click on LAN Setup and assign a local static(Fixed) IP for each of your PCs starting with 192.168.1.2 since 192.168.1.1 is the IP of your router. NOTE: any other router brands will also have this option
      The reason for doing this so that each time you boot up your PC, each will have the same local static IP otherwise the router will randomly assigns to an available IP and that might mess up the router DNS Cache.

      Click image for larger version
    7. Power cycle your Netgear router so that it will refresh DNS Cache.
    8. Boot up each PC and open the elevated command prompt and type:
      ipconfig /flushdns
      hit <Enter>
      then type: ipconfig hit <Enter>
      You should see the local static IP assigned in step 6.
    9. Click on Network Icon, you should see all the shares

      Click image for larger version

      Happy Networking !!!
      Please report back if it's working.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 27 Jun 2014 at 16:11.
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Homegroup only supports Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8. But not Windows XP so we are going to setup a regular Home Networking.


    1. Let us turn the Homegroup off. In each Win 7 & Win 8:

      Control Panel -> Homegroup, Click on Leave Homegroup

      Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services. Disable Homegroup Listener and Homegroup Provider.
    2. Make sure the following services are running In all PC’s:

      Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services

      COM+ Event System
      Computer Browser
      DHCP Client
      DNS Client
      Network Connections
      Network Location Awareness
      Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
      Server
      TCP/IP Netbios helper
      Wireless Zero Configuration ( XP
      wireless configurations only)
      WLAN AutoConfig
      Workstation
    3. In each PC, make sure they have the same Workgroup Name
      For example: WORKGROUP

      Click image for larger version
    4. Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center->Change Advanced Sharing Settings
      and set as shown in screenshot below:


      Click image for larger versionClick image for larger version
    5. Right click on Drives/Folders in each PC -> Advanced Sharing. Click on Advanced Sharing again, tick on share this folder, assign a share name then click on permissions. add a user: Everyone if not already existed then set permission to Full for now.

      Again, Right click on Drives/Folders -> Properties->Security. If Everyone is not on the user names list then click on Edit and add Everyone to the list and set permission to Full control
    6. Now open a browser and login into your Netgear router: http://routerlogin.com
      click on LAN Setup and assign a local static(Fixed) IP for each of your PC’s starting with 102.168.1.2 since 192.168.1.1 is the IP of your router.
      The reason for doing this so that each time you boot up your PC, each will have the same local static IP otherwise the router will randomly assigns to an available IP and that might mess up the router DNS Cache.

      Click image for larger version
    7. Power cycle your Netgear router so that it will refresh DNS Cache.
    8. Boot up each PC and open the elevated command prompt and type:
      ipconfig /flushdns
      hit <Enter>
      then type: ipconfig hit <Enter>
      You should see the local static IP assigned in step 6.
    9. Click on Network Icon, you should see all the shares

      Click image for larger version

      Happy Networking !!!
      Please report back if it's working.
    Error in Red!
    When you have checked it, make it into a tutorial on "how to setup a network"
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    I did all the steps and it worked until i tried assigning the last laptop a static ip, so i just set them all to dynamic. I think what did it was the power down of the router and the ipconig /flushdns
    thanks again!
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    @Tarka Dal
    Good catch. You know the '0' and the '9' keys are next to each other. LOL.
    Change was made. Thank You.
    Another mistake I made and corrected: Homegroup only supports Windows 7 & Windows 8. But not Windows Vista, XP

    I did all the steps and it worked until i tried assigning the last laptop a static ip, so i just set them all to dynamic. I think what did it was the power down of the router and the ipconig /flushdns

    You might want to double check this !!! because if the DNS Cache is not up to date then you might have to refresh it. A more detail on DNS Cache is in this post:
    Problem adding new Windows 8 to existing Workgroup

    However, I am glad it's working.

    Cheers!!!
    Last edited by topgundcp; 24 Mar 2013 at 18:31.
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