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  1.    03 Dec 2015 #1
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    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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  2.    03 Dec 2015 #2
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    San Jose, California
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    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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  3.    03 Dec 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by gogreen 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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  4.    03 Dec 2015 #4
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    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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  5.    03 Dec 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by gogreen 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.
    How are these set up on the desktop?Click image for larger version. 

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  6.    03 Dec 2015 #6
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    I've set them up as shown. Did I do this correctly?
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  7.    03 Dec 2015 #7
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    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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  8.    04 Dec 2015 #8
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    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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  9.    04 Dec 2015 #9
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    Did you check all the services from the my post #2 above ?
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  10.    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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