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Windows cannot set up a Homegroup on this computer

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    Windows cannot set up a Homegroup on this computer


    Hello,

    I have a new Windows 8.1 computer. I wanted to set up a network with my old computer running Windows 7 home premium. I created a homegroup on the 8.1 device and when I try to join the homegroup on the Windows 7 computer I receive the message "Windows cannot set up a Homegroup on this computer" I have disabled the antivirus on the Windows 8.1 device but it still does not work. Is there a way to set up a home network in Windows without using homegroup or any ideas why I cannot connect to the homegroup. Thanks for any help.

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    Try going through the Homegroup trouble shooter list just to maybe help narrow down the problem.

    Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues

    Often times the easier way to fix this is to leave the Homegroup on all Homegroup machines then create a new one on the machine with a problem and rejoin the other machines to this new Homegroup.

    I have a few more tricks to get this working if you don't see any problems with the trouble shooter.
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    hello,

    Thanks for the reply. I found this article earlier and went through the list but still cannot join the homegroup. From the research I have done it sounds like there are some serious bugs with homegroup and nothing short of a clean install on both machines will fix the issue. This is something I cannot do. I find it quite surprising that it is this difficult to set up a simple home network with two computers both running Windows. Anyways thanks for your help and I welcome any other ideas you might have.
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    You might try leaving the Homegroup on the Windows 8.1 machine then see if you can create a new Homegroup on the Windows 7 machine.

    Certain chipset's have problems joining a Homegroup but you can usually create a Homegroup on these problem machines and join from the other machines.
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    I left the homegroup on the 8.1 device and shut it down. I then restarted the 7 device and went to homegroup and there was no homegroup showing so I created a new homegroup on the 7 device. I then started the 8 device and went to homegroup. There was a message saying that User on Windows 7 computer has created a homegroup on this network would you like to join? I clicked yes and entered the password. Waited a few seconds and received this error "Windows no longer detects a homegroup on this network. To create a homegroup click ok and then open homegroup in control panel." If I go back to the Windows 7 device the newly created homegroup still shows up. Any more ideas, your help is very much appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob1215 View Post
    I left the homegroup on the 8.1 device and shut it down. I then restarted the 7 device and went to homegroup and there was no homegroup showing so I created a new homegroup on the 7 device. I then started the 8 device and went to homegroup. There was a message saying that User on Windows 7 computer has created a homegroup on this network would you like to join? I clicked yes and entered the password. Waited a few seconds and received this error "Windows no longer detects a homegroup on this network. To create a homegroup click ok and then open homegroup in control panel." If I go back to the Windows 7 device the newly created homegroup still shows up. Any more ideas, your help is very much appreciated.
    I've seen the exact same problem, at first it can see the Homegroup but once you try to join it says there isn't one. Drove me crazy and I never did find a cure. In my case creating the Homegroup on the problematic Windows 7 machine allowed me to join from the Windows 8.1 machine.

    From what I could tell it may be a problem with the chip set drivers so updating those on the Windows 7 machine may help.

    It could even be a problem with the router but in my case that wasn't the issue because I connected directly to my main router through a switch rather than joining through one of my access points and it made no difference.
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    I think I will just use shared public folders and forget about homegroup, I have never updated chipset or bios, I know updating bios can cause problems I'm not sure about the chipset, that kind of thing makes me nervous. thanks again for your help
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    You might try removing all files at PeerNetworking on both machines, this has fixed the problem for me and many others.

    The picture shows the path as C:>Windows>Service Profiles>AppData>Roaming>PeerNetworking.

    In order to see the AppData file you need to enable "show hidden files" under Folder Options in the Control Panel.

    You can also share Library's and stream music or HD video using the standard workgroup.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails peer networking remove files name removed.jpg  
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    if I delete those files will that affect the workgroup and shared folders that are set up? Right now that is all working and I would hate to do something that would compromise what is going right. thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob1215 View Post
    if I delete those files will that affect the workgroup and shared folders that are set up? Right now that is all working and I would hate to do something that would compromise what is going right. thanks
    No it won't effect anything, these files are created each time you make a new Homegroup but they are known to cause problems such as you are describing. After removing the files reboot each machine then see if you can create a Homegroup and join.
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