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Can't join HomeGroup

  1. #1


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    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1

    Can't join HomeGroup


    Want my Windows 8.1 computer to join my HomeGroup which currently consists of my Win 7 desktop and Win 7 laptop.

    In Network and Sharing Center it sees the HomeGroup and says "Available to Join". I try to join by inputting the password and after a minute it says "Windows no longer detects a homegroup on this network...."

    Why is this happening? What to do? What is the point of having multiple computers if you can't join them.

    I also see that I can't even access the other computer through network. It shows both computers yet when I click on one it says its not accessible, I don't have permissions, etc. I have done nothing to change anything. Why can't I see other computers on my own network? On my two Win 7 computers it was as simple as could be. Why is this Win 8.1 giving me trouble?

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Bru,

    Check to see if the information at the top of the tutorials below may help. If not, then leave the homegroup on all computers, create a new homegroup on the W8.1 computer, and add the W7 computers.

    Homegroup - Join in Windows 8

    Homegroup - Add Computer or Join - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps for now.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 149
    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    Hey Brink. I will give that a try but the second part of my post is what is really concerning.

    Why am I getting a "not accessible" error when I try to access other computers on the network? Either from the Win 7 to the Win 8 or the reverse. I believe I should be able to access other computers even without a HomeGroup.
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    You'll only be able to have access to what you have set on the other PCs to allow to be shared with the homegroup or specific users.

    File Sharing - "Share with" & "Stop Sharing" in Windows 8

    Before messing with that, be sure that the homegroup is setup and working properly to see if that may sort it.
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    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    I think I got it sorted. Had to turn off password protected sharing on the Win 8 computer. I don't use a password to log on so I think that was why.

    Was immediately able to see the other computers without the error and also join the HomeGroup. Got a few more things to resolve in terms of what users and files I can see/have shared but I think I am on my way. Thanks much Brink.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    That's great news Bru.
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