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  1.    07 Aug 2016 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2016
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    Anniversary Update ~ Homegroup Gone!


    After the anniversary update my Homegroup sort of thinks it has gone. If I check the settings, it says ( on all my PC's ) that there is a homegroup to join but I am not currently in a Homegroup. But ... the Homegroup is actually still active. Files and so on are being shared. I am not completely sure what is going on, has anyone else encountered this issue?
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  2.    07 Aug 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Win 7 Pro 64-bit

    Mine is the same. If I leave the Homegroup on both of my PCs and then create a new HG on the first PC (with new password) the second PC seems to 'see' the new HG but clocks out after entering the new password.

    So the PC essentially see a HG but cannot talk to each other.

    Great upgrade Microsoft!!
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  3.    07 Aug 2016 #3

    Networking can still see other computers on the network and it asks you to sign in with the other computer's login. As long as sharing has been set up I assume it can work that way.
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  4.    07 Aug 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Win 7 Pro 64-bit

    Doesn't work. Both PCs have sharing set on for files, documents, printers, etc. Second PC says 'join Homegroup'. Entered password from first PC's homegroup on second PC and second PC times out trying to join.
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  5.    07 Aug 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    Networking can still see other computers on the network and it asks you to sign in with the other computer's login. As long as sharing has been set up I assume it can work that way.
    It works just as it did before except the Homegroup is now inaccessible. All of the PC's believe they are outside of the Homegroup and ask if I want to join it. However, without a single PC in the Homegroup I have no idea what the password is, so I have no idea what happens if I attempt to join the Homegroup. But since they all think they are not in a Homegroup its not possible to leave the Homegroup. And they also think there is a Homegroup on the network so they aren't allowing me to set up a new one. It's a mess really.
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  6.    07 Aug 2016 #6
    Join Date : May 2015
    Central IL
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    Mac OS Sierra

    Yes your Home Group will be gone, because Anniversary is a brand new OS, not a Service Pack.
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  7.    07 Aug 2016 #7
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    Win 7 Pro 64-bit

    So how are you supposed to get the PCs to share files, printers, etc?
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  8.    08 Aug 2016 #8
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    I think I have found a solution to this. You need to remember which PC the Homegroup was defined or initiated on. Power up ONLY that PC. If you power up any more, then it insists the Homegroup is still there. But if you power up just the one that was used to create the Homegroup in the first place, it says there isn't a Homegroup on the network. You can then create a new Homegroup. You can then go to each of the other PC's, power them up and join the Homegroup. Everything seems to be working again.

    OK no I haven't, LOL. Althouth it allowed me to form a new homegroup, when I rebooted all the PC's the Homegroup is empty. It is saying no other Homegroup members are online - even though they are. It seems that at least for the moment the Homegroups are well and truly broken.
    Last edited by davefaz; 08 Aug 2016 at 05:41.
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  9.    08 Aug 2016 #9
    Join Date : May 2015
    Central IL
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    Mac OS Sierra

    Quote Originally Posted by rzn6jw View Post
    So how are you supposed to get the PCs to share files, printers, etc?
    Standard network sharing is how. All that Home Group was intended for, was so that say a family has all Windows devices. With Home Group, you can let everyone have access to your Libraries, point to point, or not. It also allows another two users to do the same.

    Network sharing does not have the limitations that Home Group does. You can set up the shares so that in your User's and Groups for the Advanced Shares, you can put in their username and a password.

    It comes down to where people are going to have to start getting a NAS to hook up to the network, so that it allows for more flexibility. Same as having a ethernet or wifi connected printer through the Wifi on your Gateway.
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  10.    08 Aug 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by bro67 View Post
    Standard network sharing is how. All that Home Group was intended for, was so that say a family has all Windows devices. With Home Group, you can let everyone have access to your Libraries, point to point, or not. It also allows another two users to do the same.

    Network sharing does not have the limitations that Home Group does. You can set up the shares so that in your User's and Groups for the Advanced Shares, you can put in their username and a password.

    It comes down to where people are going to have to start getting a NAS to hook up to the network, so that it allows for more flexibility. Same as having a ethernet or wifi connected printer through the Wifi on your Gateway.

    The advantage of a Homegroup for me is that I don't need to enter a password every time I access another PC, yet the Homegroup is password protected so it is more secure than a network that has password access disabled. I access my others PC's a lot and don't want to have to enter passwords every time.
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