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homegroup problem

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Seasidepeter, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Seasidepeter

    Seasidepeter Flightless Bird

    I have three pcs all running windows 7. The main desktop is connected
    directly to the internet via ethernet and a router; the others are
    wireless connections.

    When I click on Homegroup in the main pc I get the message "the
    homegroup is not available because you are not connected to the home
    network."

    When I try to create a homegroup in control panel I get the same
    message. If I try to "join an existing network" a panel opens up in the
    bottom right of the status bar saying "currently connected to network.
    Internet access." And all homegroup options are greyed out except "Leave
    homegroup"- which apparently isn't available!

    I have no idea what's going on. Can anyone cast any light on the problem?

    TIA
     
  2. Snoker Wead

    Snoker Wead Flightless Bird

    "Seasidepeter" <seasidepeter@nothere.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:AOidnboTEq8vHf_RnZ2dnUVZ8mSdnZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    > I have three pcs all running windows 7. The main desktop is connected
    > directly to the internet via ethernet and a router; the others are
    > wireless connections.
    >
    > When I click on Homegroup in the main pc I get the message "the homegroup
    > is not available because you are not connected to the home network."
    >
    > When I try to create a homegroup in control panel I get the same message.
    > If I try to "join an existing network" a panel opens up in the bottom
    > right of the status bar saying "currently connected to network. Internet
    > access." And all homegroup options are greyed out except "Leave
    > homegroup"- which apparently isn't available!
    >
    > I have no idea what's going on. Can anyone cast any light on the problem?
    >
    > TIA


    make sure "client for microsoft networks" is installed on main computer.
     
  3. Ken Blake

    Ken Blake Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 11 Aug 2010 11:51:28 +0100, Seasidepeter
    <seasidepeter@nothere.co.uk> wrote:

    > I have three pcs all running windows 7. The main desktop is connected
    > directly to the internet via ethernet and a router; the others are
    > wireless connections.
    >
    > When I click on Homegroup in the main pc I get the message "the
    > homegroup is not available because you are not connected to the home
    > network."
    >
    > When I try to create a homegroup in control panel I get the same
    > message. If I try to "join an existing network" a panel opens up in the
    > bottom right of the status bar saying "currently connected to network.
    > Internet access." And all homegroup options are greyed out except "Leave
    > homegroup"- which apparently isn't available!
    >
    > I have no idea what's going on. Can anyone cast any light on the problem?




    I strongly recommend that you avoid homegroups and use workgroups
    instead. They are almost identical, but a homegroup works only with
    Windows 7 computers. That may be OK for you now, but if you ever need
    to add a Windows XP or Vista computer, you'll be out of luck.
     
  4. Yousuf Khan

    Yousuf Khan Flightless Bird

    On 8/11/2010 10:16 AM, Ken Blake wrote:
    > I strongly recommend that you avoid homegroups and use workgroups
    > instead. They are almost identical, but a homegroup works only with
    > Windows 7 computers. That may be OK for you now, but if you ever need
    > to add a Windows XP or Vista computer, you'll be out of luck.
    >


    Well, homegroups are all that's available in Win7. However, the
    homegroups can be made to be compatible with older-style workgroups by
    disabling the requirement for encryption.

    Yousuf Khan
     
  5. Sunny

    Sunny Flightless Bird

    "Yousuf Khan" <bbbl67@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:4c6340c3@news.bnb-lp.com...
    > On 8/11/2010 10:16 AM, Ken Blake wrote:
    >> I strongly recommend that you avoid homegroups and use workgroups
    >> instead. They are almost identical, but a homegroup works only with
    >> Windows 7 computers. That may be OK for you now, but if you ever need
    >> to add a Windows XP or Vista computer, you'll be out of luck.
    >>

    >
    > Well, homegroups are all that's available in Win7. However, the
    > homegroups can be made to be compatible with older-style workgroups by
    > disabling the requirement for encryption.
    >
    > Yousuf Khan


    My Windows7 Home has both workgroup and homegroup available.
    I am using workgroup through a router with 3 computers (WinXP and Win98SE)
    using Ethernet cables and 2 Netbooks (Win7 Home) using WiFi.
    No problems with sharing files and/or transferring content.
     
  6. Ken Blake

    Ken Blake Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:30:58 -0400, Yousuf Khan <bbbl67@yahoo.com>
    wrote:

    > On 8/11/2010 10:16 AM, Ken Blake wrote:
    > > I strongly recommend that you avoid homegroups and use workgroups
    > > instead. They are almost identical, but a homegroup works only with
    > > Windows 7 computers. That may be OK for you now, but if you ever need
    > > to add a Windows XP or Vista computer, you'll be out of luck.
    > >

    >
    > Well, homegroups are all that's available in Win7.



    Sorry, but that is *not* correct. Workgroups are available (as I said
    above), and if you are running Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise,
    Domains are also available.
     
  7. Frank

    Frank Flightless Bird

    On 8/11/2010 5:30 PM, Yousuf Khan wrote:
    > On 8/11/2010 10:16 AM, Ken Blake wrote:
    >> I strongly recommend that you avoid homegroups and use workgroups
    >> instead. They are almost identical, but a homegroup works only with
    >> Windows 7 computers. That may be OK for you now, but if you ever need
    >> to add a Windows XP or Vista computer, you'll be out of luck.
    >>

    >
    > Well, homegroups are all that's available in Win7. However, the
    > homegroups can be made to be compatible with older-style workgroups by
    > disabling the requirement for encryption.
    >
    > Yousuf Khan


    That is simply no true. Both home & workgroups are available in 7. Also
    I'd never recommend FAT over NTFS for security reasons. You need to bone
    up on your MS OS knowledge so as to avoid dispersing bad/incorrect info
    in the future.
     

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