2 win 10 pro laptops cannot see win 10 home desktop on wireless LAN

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  1. Posts : 1,471
    Win10 Home x64 - 1809

    Hey rshafersr,
    I'm sure you already know, but just to be clear .... In File Explorer > Address
    \\PC_NAME - The actual PC name in Settings > System > About (ie. DESKTOP-12345 or LAPTOP-12345)
    \\IP_ADDRESS - The internal IP address (ie. or, etc)
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  2. Posts : 2,302
    Win10 202H

    I have read M$ is removing HomeGroups from Win10.....not sure if that is the issue?

    do all the computer have passwords and have file sharing enabled on a Private Network?

    are they all on the same Workgroup ? look under System ...it can be any name....M$ default is Workgroup

    Try turning the SMBv1 Client back on :
    Explorer/Network shown everything except Computer - Windows 10 Forums

    and setting one of the PC's (Server on 24/7?) to be the Domain Master and to Maintain a List

    Explorer/Network shown everything except Computer - Windows 10 Forums

    and be PATIENT SMBv1 can takes hours not minutes to sort itself out and replicate to all computers ...eg leave everything on overnight.. after starting them 1 by 1 , the Server 1st.....

    above is working for me currently...

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  3. Posts : 8
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    so, to fix the LAN connection problem between my three computers, i followed the SMB suggestion and found that one of the pro laptops had all three options checked, one pro had two options checked and the home desktop had none checked. i made one of the pros the server and the other two computers as clients and unchecked the auto shut off boxes in all three. that was the answer for my LAN.

    i really appreciate all the suggestions and attempts to help me solve my situation. i'm now setting this thread to being solved. setting all the SMB 1.0/CFS check boxes correctly was the solution... :))
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  4. Posts : 25,011
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    rshafersr said:
    each time i try to create a homegroup on any of the three win 10 computers, whether home or pro versions, i get an error pup-up stating i can't create a homegroup on that computer. i've tried the suggestions for possible workarounds for that error none of which have worked.
    I see you've fixed your problems now, but FYI...

    I said check the Workgroup, not create a Homegroup. The two are very different things. All networked Windows PCs from Windows 3.11 on (aka Windows for Workgroups) are always set up as members of a Workgroup. The Homegroup is an 'optional extra' on top of that, first seen in Win7. A PC can only see other PCs on the network that are in the same Workgroup. This tutorial explains more...

    Change Workgroup in Windows 10
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  5. Posts : 8
    windows 10
    Thread Starter


    Thank you for being persistent with me!! When you replied Workgroup, my addlepated brain read Homegroup. After your final post the light came on in the back of my brain and I reread your statement and made the correction of the wrong Workgroup names so they all agreed with my XP netbook and now all four computers are again speaking with each other.

    Thank you again for helping me solve my problem. I shall mark this thread as solved due to you!!
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  6. Posts : 25,011
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    :) Microsoft are going to ease your confusion.

    Workgroup networking has provided reliable peer-to-peer networking for years. Homegroup was an idea that never really worked well/properly. Microsoft will remove it from the next version of Windows 10, it has already been removed from the Insider builds...

    A note about HomeGroup:
    .... Starting with this build, the HomeGroup service is no longer operational in Windows 10...
    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast+Skip Build 17063 for PC
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