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Network Error accessing both Homegroup and Network

  1. #1


    Posts : 74
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1

    Network Error accessing both Homegroup and Network


    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center,
    Windows 8.1
    Comcast Gateway.

    Pro Media can access 8.1 Network and Homegroup.

    8.1 cannot access ant Pro Media.
    Network Error
    "Windows cannot access \\Desktop\Users\Pete\Documents' (or any other folder)

    Can access IP4 address.

    Windows 8.1 new machine, came with 8, updated to 8.1 then 8.1 Update.

    Pete

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  2. #2


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Firewall software on the computers would be the first thing to start looking at. Also make sure that folders are allowed to be Publicly shared.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 74
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1


    On the Pro with Media:
    Firewall's OK, both Private and Public.

    File and Printer Sharing allowed both Public and Private.

    HomeGroup allowed only in Private. I can't check the Public. IS THIS THE PROBLEM?
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  4. #4


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Homegroup has always been a problem. Since the day Microsoft came up with it. Turn it off and stick with conventional Network sharing.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by cfourkays View Post
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center,
    Windows 8.1
    Comcast Gateway.

    Pro Media can access 8.1 Network and Homegroup.

    8.1 cannot access ant Pro Media.
    Network Error
    "Windows cannot access \\Desktop\Users\Pete\Documents' (or any other folder)

    Can access IP4 address.

    Windows 8.1 new machine, came with 8, updated to 8.1 then 8.1 Update.

    Pete
    First thing to check, Did you turn on Network Discovery and File and Printer sharing in the Advanced Sharing settings for the Private network?

    I should also point out that the pathway to Pete's Documents is not a valid pathway.

    You would typically get to the Users Documents folder by going to C:\Users\Username\Documents

    I'd like to see the ipconfig/all from both machines.
    Last edited by chev65; 26 May 2014 at 11:02.
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Homegroup has always been a problem. Since the day Microsoft came up with it. Turn it off and stick with conventional Network sharing.
    I wholeheartedly endorse this comment. Homegroup has been the biggest networking-mess msoft has yet thrust upon us. The only saving grace was that they restricted it's availability in the lower grades of windows. In win7-Home etc. We were lucky for that, but I think they did that on purpose as the higher versions had help-desk support built into the price and man, did they need it.

    Use WORKGROUP and also in the network discovery settings select "Enable file sharing for devices that use 40- or 56bit encryption."

    Network and Sharing
    Change Advanced settings
    ALL Networks
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