After one hour with MS help today, I have been unable to get my Win8 computer to network with my Win7 computer. The MS "helper" was completely useless. He repeated the same things many times, getting the same results (failure) each time, so I gave up, not wanting to do another 5h 40m marathon. Maybe someone here will have a good suggestion.
Both computers are able to see the name of the other computer, but cannot connect. Both are wired to a router that also has my Linux machine. The Linux machine can find and communicate with the Win7 machine. Before installing Win8, the computer that now has it was able to easily exchange files with the older Win7 machine.
After finding the Win7 machine, my Win8 machine says it "cannot access" it. I get this error:
I also get the message "the remote device won't accept the connections."
I tried "set up a network." It says it may take 90 seconds to find and list something (probably the existing network as defined on the Win7 machine). At that point nothing happens. Not in 90 seconds or 30 minutes.
I tried the "troubleshoot" feature. It doesn't find anything or report anything.
I tried various online tutorials, but they led me to make selections that do not exist on my screen.
When I go to the Metro screen and type in "homegroup" it finds nothing! I thought that term was a MS term and that it was supposed to be a real feature.
The control panel finds homegroup. I select "join now" and enter the password. Then Windows 8 says "Windows no longer detects a homegroup on this network." It tells me to click OK, then open homegroup in the control panel. That option does not appear when I click OK.
I also searched here for networking discussions, but none seemed to address the problems I have experienced.