Homegroup setup on Win10 is a little different.

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  1. John Pombrio's Avatar
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    Homegroup setup on Win10 is a little different.


    1. Not necessary to put in Homegroup password in Win10 if one of the other computers on the network is running. it seems to autofill.
    2. Disable password protection in network advanced sharing.
    3. Share the folders you want to show up under Homegroup by right clicking on the folder-share with- Homegroup view (or view and edit).
    4. Go around to the other computers and join the NEW Homegroup network, usually called network(some number).
    5. Keep shutting down and rebooting the computers until they all sync up.


    Homegroup should be a simple procedure. Put in the password and share files, heh. Homegroup seemed to have been enabled as a default and that Win10 KNEW my Homegroup password for my home network, probably due to my logging into my MS account on install (thank you strollin). Then the usual setup procedure on what to public shares on Homegroup and also turn off password protection sharing in the Advanced network sharing settings. Now I shared the folders I wanted to show up under homegroup in the right click on folder-share with- Homegroup view or view and edit.
    Now I had to go around and join in the already active Homegroup on my other computers. What has changed is that the network ID has gone from network2 to network3. Network2 came about when I did this same thing on Win8.
    Finally, start shutting down (not just restarting unless you have fast startup turned off) and turning back on all the computers. After a few of these reboots, all of a sudden Homegroup was a good little boy and all the computers showed up on the network and the folders that I shared would pop up. It was not necessary to go into advanced sharing and change any of the settings (thank goodness).

    If anyone knows of things that I might have had to do or had done but don't remember doing them, that I missed in this list, please comment.
    Last edited by John Pombrio; 06 Oct 2014 at 20:02.
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  2. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Hi there

    I use Linux servers too and HOMEGROUP is a HORRIBLE idea - I just use the old fashioned LAN system of shares without any home groups.

    Cheers
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  3. strollin's Avatar
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    If you have Win 8 and Win 10 computers in the Homegroup and are using an MS Account to login, the Homegroup password was probably one of the things that was shared via the MS Account.
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  4. John Pombrio's Avatar
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    strollin said:
    If you have Win 8 and Win 10 computers in the Homegroup and are using an MS Account to login, the Homegroup password was probably one of the things that was shared via the MS Account.
    That sounds like what happened. It's more likely than scarfing up the password from the other computers.
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  5. Posts : 56
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    John Pombrio said:
    That sounds like what happened. It's more likely than scarfing up the password from the other computers.
    My Wife and I couldn't get the Homegroup to work with 10166, now we're in 10240, it says that my Wife has invited me to her Homegroup, and that I need her password. However, she hasn't got a Homegroup! How can you set up another one if it says that you are already in one?
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  6. John Pombrio's Avatar
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    Bristolian said:
    My Wife and I couldn't get the Homegroup to work with 10166, now we're in 10240, it says that my Wife has invited me to her Homegroup, and that I need her password. However, she hasn't got a Homegroup! How can you set up another one if it says that you are already in one?
    A homegroup can reside on the MS account which can make it tricky as ALL the computers can be off of Homegroup but the MS account still thinks there is one. Make sure both computers are logged into MS (if they have accounts that is). If you see that there are folders with little faces on them, then there IS a homegroup running. Make sure the setting are OK as listed below. Then run the Homegroup troubleshooter on both. Try all that first and let me know how that works out.

    Homegroup setup on Win10 is a little different.-2015-07-16_131252.jpg

    Homegroup setup on Win10 is a little different.-2015-07-16_131147.jpg

    Homegroup setup on Win10 is a little different.-2015-07-16_130821.jpg
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  7. Posts : 56
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    John Pombrio said:
    A homegroup can reside on the MS account which can make it tricky as ALL the computers can be off of Homegroup but the MS account still thinks there is one. Make sure both computers are logged into MS (if they have accounts that is). If you see that there are folders with little faces on them, then there IS a homegroup running. Make sure the setting are OK as listed below. Then run the Homegroup troubleshooter on both. Try all that first and let me know how that works out.

    Homegroup setup on Win10 is a little different.-2015-07-16_131252.jpg

    Homegroup setup on Win10 is a little different.-2015-07-16_131147.jpg

    Homegroup setup on Win10 is a little different.-2015-07-16_130821.jpg
    Hello John,
    Thanks for your reply. Your first image (the one where you've highlighted an area with a red box) where would we find that (with the system volume information)?

    Very Best Wishes,
    Bob.
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  8. John Pombrio's Avatar
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    Bristolian said:
    Hello John,
    Thanks for your reply. Your first image (the one where you've highlighted an area with a red box) where would we find that (with the system volume information)?

    Very Best Wishes,
    Bob.
    That would be in the file explorer. I just just a different program ( Directory Opus). Look at any folder that has been set to be shared on Homegroup.
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  9. Posts : 56
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    John Pombrio said:
    That would be in the file explorer. I just just a different program ( Directory Opus). Look at any folder that has been set to be shared on Homegroup.
    Hello John,
    Despite my Wife's PC saying that she already has a Homegroup, none shows up on either of our PCs, and none of the files on either machine have the small 'people' to indicate a Homegroup.
    When I try to join the supposed Homegroup, it says "checking your password" (or something like that) even without my entering one. That then obviously fails, as my Wife hasn't got one!.

    What I think we'll do when we want to share files etc is sign in with a local account first, and try that.

    Very Best Wishes,
    Bob.
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    Does IPv6 have to be enabled on all machines?
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