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    Homegroup Passwords

    My friend's laptop runs Win 7 Pro with SP1, as does my desktop.

    We wish to share files and folders between the two, however they have different homegroup passwords. Can I sort this out by leaving the homegroup on both machines, then starting a homegroup on my desktop and joining the homegroup on the laptop by entering my homegroup password on that?

    Advice would be appreciated.

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    No, you can only have one homegroup active on each computer at any time: Multiple Homegroups on one computer?

    But you have full control over which of your folders, libraries, files or printers are shared with that homegroup: The HomeGroup feature

    Bruce

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    Hi Bruce,

    I think you may have misunderstood me. I just now left the Homegroup on my friend's laptop and desktop (I didn't mention the desktop before as there were no sharing problems on that) and on my desktop. I then created a Homegroup on my desktop, and immediately got the "join now" message on my friend's desktop. I entered the Homegroup password on that desktop and everything worked. However, I did not get the "join now" invitation on the laptop, the only option given on that being to create a Homegroup, which I obviously ignored.

    Advice as to how to sort out the sharing option on the laptop (which is shown as a member of WORKGROUP) would be appreciated.

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    I believe computers which are asleep or hibernating don't get the invitation, but I think you should be able to go to Control Panel, Homegroup on the laptop and Join Now there.

    The network location must be set to Home, not Work or Public.

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    Bruce, I suddenly realized that the problem related to the routers. We have 4 computers and 3 of them are connected over LAN through a router which sits on my desktop. The 4th one is the laptop where the problem arose. That is on a floor below mine and is normally connected via a second router which is close to that laptop. That laptop can connect wirelessly either through the "downstairs" router or the "upstairs" router. As soon as I changed the connection to the upstairs router it could connect to the other 3 machines, and vice versa, and I could transfer files from my desktop to it.

    The laptop concerned did not display any "join now" Homegroup invitation, but connected instantly to the other machines when I clicked Network.

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    Roy
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