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Windows 7 - HomeGroup Issues
Asked by toecat
Posted Apr 11 2010 05:54 PM
Over Christmas my wife aquired an ACER Notebook with Windowqs 7. After Cristmas I upgraded my Presario Notebook to Windows 7. Our primary purpose for doing this was to set up a homegroup to share files. The ACER was unable to Join the homegroup and if the ACER created the homegroup the Compaq could join but neither computer could access shared files.
After run the trouble shooter on each computer, the problem seemed to be on the ACER. I was advised to restore windows 7. I obtained a set of disks from acer and restored the operating system. The homegroup situation remaines unchange.
I have made sure that both computers are operating with the Windows firewall with the recommended settings and I have removed the McAfee Firewall that came with the ACER.
I am trying to set up the Homegroup wirerlessly. My internet connection is through AT&T DSL.
Does anyone have any Ideas -- I'll try anything.
Answered by jwgaynor
Posted Jun 18 2010 08:57 AM
This is only a partial possible answer to your problem. Firstly I ask the question if your computers can "see" each other. From each computer can you ping the other either by name or ip address. I had a similar situation a while back between my home computers and using a wireless router between them and found that I could make this work better by setting up a static address on my computers and then also defining them in the "hosts" file which can be found in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts - this is a plain text file where the first column is the ip-address of the computer and the second column is the hostname and optionally the third column would be an alias. They only need be seerated by whitespace which is any amount of spaces and/or tab characters.