Windows 10: Do I really need a homegroup? Solved

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    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
       03 Dec 2015 #1

    Do I really need a homegroup?


    In Windows 7, I had a desktop PC and a laptop on a network without a homegroup, and I shared files seamlessly between both computers over the network. Windows 10 seems to require a homegroup to share. And if it doesn't, it sure wants to promote homegroup use. Doesn't a homegroup merely duplicate network sharing? Do I need a homegroup in Windows 10 to share across a network?
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       03 Dec 2015 #2

    Homegroup is only supported with W7, 8 & 10 so if you use the regular home networking which is more flexible then you don't need it at all.
    Look at this link for more info:
    Solved All computers on the same network, each cant see others
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    EL Capitan
       03 Dec 2015 #3

    gogreen said: View Post
    In Windows 7, I had a desktop PC and a laptop on a network without a homegroup, and I shared files seamlessly between both computers over the network. Windows 10 seems to require a homegroup to share. And if it doesn't, it sure wants to promote homegroup use. Doesn't a homegroup merely duplicate network sharing? Do I need a homegroup in Windows 10 to share across a network?
    The answer would be no.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       03 Dec 2015 #4

    I successfully left the homegroup on both my laptop and desktop PC. However, both computers appear as computers in the network listing on the laptop. But only the laptop appears as a networked computer on the desktop. How do get the desktop PC to appear as a shared computer in its network listing? Thanks.
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       03 Dec 2015 #5

    gogreen said: View Post
    I successfully left the homegroup on both my laptop and desktop PC. However, both computers appear as computers in the network listing on the laptop. But only the laptop appears as a networked computer on the desktop. How do get the desktop PC to appear as a shared computer in its network listing? Thanks.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       03 Dec 2015 #6

    I've set them up as shown. Did I do this correctly?
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       03 Dec 2015 #7

    Is your Network Location set to "Public" ? If so switch to "Private"
    Network Location - Set to Private or Public in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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    64-bit Windows 10 Home ver.1607
    Thread Starter
       04 Dec 2015 #8

    Good tip, topgundcp. Thanks. I confirmed that the network is private. The computer is still not appearing in the network listing.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       04 Dec 2015 #9

    Did you check all the services from the my post #2 above ?
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    Windows10Pro 64Bit - Build 14393.1198
       04 Dec 2015 #10

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    After our major update, even thou I was not using homegroup at all, Windows 10 does show it in file explorer. If I remove it so it does not show, my computers are no longer networked. EVEN Thou HomeGroup is not configured. Here is the pic. So I just let it stay listed.
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