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A homegroup can only be created on a private network.

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    Windows 8 pro

    A homegroup can only be created on a private network.


    I can't join my homegroup, it randomly stopped working a week ago (ish) when i try to reconnect to the homgroup now it says "A homegroup can only be created on a private network...change settings blah bah..." Although I have everything setup correctly and i'm trying to join a homegroup not make one. I read,

    Homegroup - Create in Windows 8

    and

    Homegroup - Join in Windows 8

    did everything still nothing :I the 2 other computers connected to the main homegroup computer is working fine. Now i can't think of anything. All help is appreciated

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    It sounds like you are on a public network, have you tried changing to a private network? Most likely you are already using a private network and something is off with the Windows services.

    Network Location - Set to Private or Public in Windows 8

    Try the Homegroup trouble shooting guide, pay close attention to the required Windows services which should be started, it sometimes helps to set the Peer Networking services to Delayed Start up Automatic,..


    Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues - Help Desk Geek

    This link might also be helpful.
    Why can't I join a homegroup?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 pro


    Nothing worked so I did a system restore which failed but seemed to have solved the problem :I windows
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

A homegroup can only be created on a private network.
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