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Cannot access existing XP workgroup

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Never said a thing about joining a Homegroup, better reread that.

    I posted a Microsoft white page link that shows how to run a Homegroup along side a Workgroup with legacy Op systems.

    Your statement read,..
    You can only use HomeGroup if using Windows 8 and Windows 7. Windows XP or Windows Vista can’t join a HomeGroup.

    But the truth is that you can use or create a Homegroup in the same network as XP or Vista and be able to share files between them. But of course XP or Vista can't join a Homegroup although they can access folders and files contained in Library's.
    I know I did.


    I think the poster is trying to join his Win 8 machine to an existing workgroup which I think will not work unless he does the reverse. That is, creating a homegroup from Win 8 and then make the xp machine join that group through the link that you posted.

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  2. #12


    Once again M/S shames itself. I chatted with M/S support last night and was told the only fix was to upgrade to Win 8 Pro.

    The package costs $180 or an upgrade "pac" for $90.

    I'm seriously thinking of taking the laptop back because it is useless to me.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by don1b5b4b View Post
    Once again M/S shames itself. I chatted with M/S support last night and was told the only fix was to upgrade to Win 8 Pro.

    The package costs $180 or an upgrade "pac" for $90.

    I'm seriously thinking of taking the laptop back because it is useless to me.
    You weren't using Pro? I don't see why this won't work with the base version, I heard the only restrictions are that you can't join a Domain.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by don1b5b4b View Post
    Once again M/S shames itself. I chatted with M/S support last night and was told the only fix was to upgrade to Win 8 Pro.

    The package costs $180 or an upgrade "pac" for $90.

    I'm seriously thinking of taking the laptop back because it is useless to me.
    You weren't using Pro? I don't see why this won't work with the base version, I heard the only restrictions are that you can't join a Domain.
    I see why not. Microsoft thinks that if you can only afford a base version, you cannot afford to buy multiple PCs. Plus, businesses are most likely to use multiple PCs and see the need for networking that's why this feature is only available for Pro, Ultimate & enterprise versions. In fact, even Remote Desktop is only available with these versions. Logical but not fair.
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  5. #15


    Thanks for the responses.

    I need to be certain that if I purchase the upgrade to 8 Pro, I will be able to connect to my XP wired workgroup, please.
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  6. #16


    Yes remote desktop and joining a Domain has always been left out of the base versions in the past, but the ability to join a common Workgroup has always worked on every single version. Yes the Pro version will most definitely work.

    I'm calling BS on this one, at the very least you should be able to use the Public folders to share with XP.
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  7. #17


    I've looked at the thread from beginning and noticed OP's WinXP computers were in a workgroup "HOUSEHOLD',, Win8 default workgroup name is "WORKGROUP',, unless that is changed to Household or unless the other pc's are not changed to "workgroup" the machines cannot see each other. I apologize for jumping into thread if this has already been addressed...
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by owenspal View Post
    I've looked at the thread from beginning and noticed OP's WinXP computers were in a workgroup "HOUSEHOLD',, Win8 default workgroup name is "WORKGROUP',, unless that is changed to Household or unless the other pc's are not changed to "workgroup" the machines cannot see each other. I apologize for jumping into thread if this has already been addressed...
    Good observation, he mentioned changing the Workgroup names and something about Windows 8 changing the name which can't really happen, however I'm pretty sure those machines aren't using the same Workgroup name otherwise this would be working. I believe the Op should try changing the Workgroup name on all machines to Workgroup which is default for Windows 8.
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  9. #19


    The original network workgroup is "Household" I change the workgroup name on the new laptop to "Household'.
    The system responded back by letting me know that "Houeshold" was found and it was joined, however I cannot see any other PCs or the shared printer.

    I have not as yet loaded the driver for the printer. I'm going to do that now
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  10. #20


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    Sorry for the late response, but . . .

    I had almost the exact same problem (Asus laptop). After a week of searching the net for suggestions and NO success, I stumbled upon a discussion in this forum: Network Connection Priority - Change in Windows. I changed the network priority to put Microsoft Windows Network first. Suddenly all network shares appeared and were fully functional! Good luck to you.
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