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 Post subject: Homegroup problem.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:57 pm 
Coppermine
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Here's the situation. I have two laptops and one desktop that were all successfully working in a Windows 7 Homegroup as of about two weeks ago (hadn't checked since then). Last night I installed Windows 8 on my desktop (with Start8, at least for now - and a custom install without saving any settings or files). I then uninstalled the WIndows 7 Homegroup from the two laptops. Then I installed a Homegroup in the WIndows 8 desktop, followed by joining that Homegroup from the two laptops. Both laptops are Dells, different wireless cards but network and sharing settings the same. I can access both laptop shared files from the desktop with no problem. From one laptop I can access the files in the other laptop and in the desktop with no problem. From the second laptop I cannot access any files from either the other laptop nor the desktop.

I uninstalled the Homegroup, and set up a new one using the laptop with the issues. Same result. I uninstalled the laptop wireless driver and re-installed it. Same result.

The two laptops are wireless, while the desktop is wired.

Does anyone have any ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: Homegroup problem.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:40 pm 
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Wired or wireless, no matter. The 2nd laptop wasn't set up as an Admin. If all the machines are yours and you have control, set all three up as Homegroup Admins and you have full access of everything.


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 Post subject: Re: Homegroup problem.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:44 pm 
Coppermine
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How do I set all three as Homegroup Admin?


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 Post subject: Re: Homegroup problem.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:47 am 
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http://bit.ly/S1QUhD


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 Post subject: Re: Homegroup problem.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:43 am 
Coppermine
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kleinkinstein wrote:
http://bit.ly/S1QUhD



There was nothing in that tutorial about setting up all laptops/desktops as Homegroup Admin. The steps in the tutorial are the steps I already went though the set up and join the Homegroup.


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 Post subject: Re: Homegroup problem.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:57 pm 
Coppermine
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Update - I've tried installing different wireless drivers in the affected laptop, to no avail. I tried connecting it via Ethernet, that also didn't work. There appears to be some network and/or file sharing setting that is messed up.

I get the same result when I try to access shared files via the network rather than the Homegroup - except in that case I get a message indicating I don't have permission to read the files and directing me to the network administrator (which is me). This is also a new problem that wasn't there a few weeks ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Homegroup problem.
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:17 am 
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Still having issues or did you fix? If the former...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/wind ... -homegroup
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/wind ... -homegroup
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/wind ... -other-pcs

If these don't mend, we may have a hardware issue to debug.


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 Post subject: Re: Homegroup problem.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:18 pm 
Coppermine
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While running chkdsk didn't find anything, when I ran the Dell diagnostics utility it found bad sectors on the HD. I ran the chkdsk/r and then the Dell utility again - still got the bad sectors. I've downloaded SeaTools to see what I can fix.

Update: found two errors, which I fixed. rebooted the laptop, problem still there.


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