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    Home Group

    Could someone please tell me, step by step, how to set up a HomeGroup, or, preferably, the simpler way to share items between my Laptop and Desktop computers, both running Win 7 with SP1, and both being 64 bit.

    Thanks and regards, Roy
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    How familiar are you with left-side menu of explorer.exe? Opening explorer via its icon, have you already went to Tools --> Folder Options --> Navigation Pane; did you check those two choices in there? And under View Tab, the list of several choices, have you checked show empty folders, show file extensions,[*] and related items? When I get back home and logged in again, I'll give you the Sharing details.
    Addendum:[*] show full path here, there, yonder
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    Roy, how are you doing with the Sharing idea?
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    RolandJS, I had already dealt with the settings you mentioned.

    Jerry, thanks but, having created a HomeGroup on my desktop, when I go to HomeGroup on my Laptop there is no reference to a HomeGroup being detected, so I can't "Join now".

    Please advise further.
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    Roy, my next step was to let you know to Share your folders [and files] using the Sharing clicks from within Explorer.exe's left side menu. However, if you want HomeGroup [because your good stuff is within Libraries / My Documents] -- then, I'll watch this thread and learn how you did it! Last time I tried Homegroup, because it was "married" to Libraries/My Documents and never even touched my d-partition data -- I failed and removed it.
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    See if anything here helps on the laptop:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...in-a-homegroup

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    Jerry, thanks but nothing in the link helped. However, I ran the Network Troubleshooter and that said I needed to allow HomeGroup through the Avast Premier anti virus firewall. I added HomeGroup to the firewall exceptions but that didn't work. Maybe I have to use a different form of words. I have asked Avast about this and if they come back with an answer that solves the problem I will let you know.

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    Roy, what folders on what partition are you wanting to share amongst your computers? Reason for asking:
    -- if all your data is within Libraries/My Documents, Homegroup may be a way to go
    -- if all your data is on D partition, "d drive," then Homegroup is not going to work [I tried that before & failed]
    -- if all your data is on C partition, "c drive," in folders you created with Explorer,
    then Homegroup probably is not going to work [I tried that before & failed]
    All three computers over here read/write/copy/move amongst the respective d-partitions "d drives." I did that by clicking several choices within Network/Sharing, prepping Explorer's "left-side" menu, finally Sharing the desired folders via Explorer's Sharing panel.
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    Try temporarily disabling the Avast firewall to see if its really the problem. I gave up on third party firewalls long ago as they caused more trouble than they were worth to me. I find the Windows firewall along with the router firewall sufficient. YMMV.

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    Jerry, thanks but disabling the Avast Firewall made no difference.

    My desktop shows that the computer belongs to a HomeGroup, but the laptop says there is currently no HomeGroup on the network.

    I will try the alternative method of sharing between the 2 computers, and will report back when I have done so.
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    You could also try a clean boot.

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    Jerry, the clean boot made no difference.

    I followed the procedure shown in the attachment regarding sharing files and folders in Windows 7 without using HomeGroup. On my laptop when I ran \\royw-PC (the name of my Desktop) Network showed ROYW-PC which led to Users but the Laptop Users folder, not the Desktop Users folder, and the items on my Desktop which I had configured to share did not show up.

    My desktop computer name is royw-PC, and my laptop computer name is RoyW-PC. Would it make any difference if I changed the desktop name to RoyW-PC?

    How to share folders in Windows 7 WITHOUT HomeGroup (2013_06_13 14_56_53 UTC).pdf

    Please advise.

    Thanks, Roy
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    Quote Originally Posted by royw View Post
    ...My desktop computer name is royw-PC, and my laptop computer name is RoyW-PC. Would it make any difference if I changed the desktop name to RoyW-PC?...
    No.

    In workgroup/homegroup environments "computer name" is case-insensitive, so your "royw-PC" and "RoyW-PC" computer names will conflict and prevent connectivity between those computers.

    Change the name of one of the computers to avoid the conflict, e.g.: change the laptop's "computer name" to "RoyW-LT" instead of "RoyW-PC".
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    +1 to Coochi's post. I was going to make the same suggestion.

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