Monday, September 21, 2009 4:09 AMHello,
I am trying to join a Windows 7 Homegroup created by another Windows 7 computer (both computers are on the same network and running Windows 7). I keep getting the error message that I cannot connect to the Homegroup because IPv6 is not enabled. However, IPv6 is enabled; I have tried disabling it and re-enabling it, reinstalling my network card drivers, disabling and re-enabling the network card, and I have double-checked that all advanced sharing settings and workgroup names are the same on both computers. I saw another post here with someone having the same problem but no solution was posted. Does anybody have an idea what I can do to fix this? My network card is a Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:13 AMModerator
Based on my research, I would like to explain that IPv6 was depended on by the RNRP service. To troubleshoot the issue, let's refer to the following steps.
1. Temporarily disable Firewall and third party antivirus program on the computer for a test.
2. Verify relevant services
a. Click "Start", type "services.msc" (without quotation marks) in Search Bar and press Enter.
Note: If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
b. Right click the "Peer Networking Grouping" service and choose Properties.
c. Please check if the service is started; if not, please click the Start button and see if it works.
d. You may also choose Automatic next to Startup type.
e. Click OK.
f. Please repeat the above steps with another service: PNRP Machine Name Publication Service.
3. Modify IPv6 registry key to enable IPV6
a. Click Start, type regedit in Search Bar, and then click regedit in the Programs list.
Note: If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password or click Continue.
b. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
c. Check whether the "DisabledComponents" registry key exists. If so, let's move on the next steps.
d. Double click the "DisabledComponents" registry key and modify the value to 0.
(If the key doesn't exist, please create the key above and assign the value 0)
e. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.
For more information, we can refer to the link below:
- Marked As Answer by Novak WuModerator Thursday, September 24, 2009 2:47 AM
Friday, September 25, 2009 7:48 PMBrilliant; that seems to have done the trick. Thanks!
Thursday, April 29, 2010 4:41 AMi had this same problem and this procedure worked! thank you, it is much appreciated :)
Saturday, June 12, 2010 6:14 AM
I am not able to modify the value to 0. It is currently f. Could someone give me some more direction please.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 10:20 PM
novak thank you very much for this fix. i have read many posts on many threads and none have worked. yours was totally different from anything i have seen so i was hopeful. it worked like a charm on the 3 computers i was trying to put on a home group. thanks again!!!!
Note to RA Modesto: I know of no reason why you can't change the dword value to 0. all you should have to do is get the cursor blinking on the "f" and hit backspace to delete it and then type in the number 0. Good luck.
Monday, September 13, 2010 10:47 PMTHANK YOU! Perfect explanation, worked like a charm.
Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:53 AM
I am getting extremely frustrated with my homegroup at the moment.
I have win 7 64 bit ultimate on the pc i created my homegroup on.
I was able to connect to my homegroup with my netbook (win 7 home premium 32 bit) with no problem.
I have a laptop with win 7 proffessional 32 bit and keeping getting th dumb error "HomeGroup encountered an error" when I try and connect.
I have tried the above along with 10 other ideas that didn't work and am ready to give-up and go back to workgroups.
Yes the times are all the same and all have the same timezone!
Yes I am entering the password correctly!
I re-created the homegroup - no luck
turned off windows firewall and unistalled my AV software (Avast) - no luck.
really getting angry at this point.
the funniest thing about this is that I am able to share the printer without being on the homegroup. I can access the external hard drive connected to my desktop with no issues but I cannot connect to either of the hard drives inside my desktop "access denied" and these are the drives I want access to so I can create a backup and access ll my dvds and music wirelessly
Anyone have any other suggestions before I give up on homegroups?
Monday, September 27, 2010 1:44 AM
Dude, this worked perfectly.
You're a genius!
Thank you so much!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 4:53 PM
DUDE, this doesnt work perfectly!
No geniuses in sight as the problems gregry20 has experienced are exactly my problems. Except one minute i can start Homegroup and get a group password and the next the password becomes blank and it says Homegroup is disabled.
For one fleeting moment my netbook was able to connect on a self created password on my desktop but then after reboot it said Homegroup not available and my desktop when checking the password it was blank again.
Please put up a better solution tha n restarting IPV6 because it isnt working.
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Friday, October 29, 2010 1:23 PMWorked for me. Thanks
Saturday, November 06, 2010 9:37 PM
THIS WAS THE SOLUTION TO MY PROBLEM!!!
I was having the same issue with IPv6 and HomeGroup for a laptop running Win7 Enterprise x64 that I was trying to get to join to my homegroup (set up with Win7 Professional). I changed the registry setting you mentioned and problem solved.
Friday, January 14, 2011 11:43 PMI followed the steps and after restart the IPv6 parameter went back to ff. Help
Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:10 PMThis worked a charm for me man. Thanks a bundle. However, if it doesnt "seem" to work for you go into your network adapters properties sheet and put the tick back in the box for IPv6. When I could'nt get my homegroup restarted because of the IPv6 error I found myself following the homegroup troubleshooter which pointed me to my network cards property sheet to enable IPv6...but it was already ticked. I followed the steps kindly outlined above, rebooted but alas the issue remained. I went back in to the property sheet and the tick was removed...? Soooo I put the tick back in and voi la I was able to create my homegroup :) I guess the reg fix part of the procedure resets everything such as you have to retick the box to re/enable IPv6. Hope this helps.
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- Proposed As Answer by z2h Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:10 PM
Thursday, March 17, 2011 7:24 PM
I saw this and thought I was home free. My PC can't see the netwok that I am using. It says I am not connected to any networks. I can see the router and other computers in network places. I am trying to set up a homegroup between this PC (win 7 64) and another win 7 32) machine
Before, when I ran the troubleshooter, it asked me to enable the IPv6. I followed the solution above and now I don't get that response. It just give up and asks me to call a friend search for a soultion in the help files online or register a call with support services.
any thoughts would be appreciated.
Thursday, March 24, 2011 4:07 AM
I am having exactly the same problem as Jim BOB 21 above. This forum needs an solution; please. I see we have some very experienced techs in this forum. Hopefully this will be solved soon!!!!!!
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Wednesday, June 01, 2011 1:13 PMAfter I set the value of the key "DisabledComponents" to 0 and reboot the value is resetting to the existing non 0 hex figure. I am using Windows 7 Ultimate SP1. How do I prevent this resetting of registry value on reboot. Thanks - Ranabir
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:13 PM
I've got the same problem. I managed to create a homegroup using my laptop and I wanted my PC to join the group. However, on the PC the DisabledComponents keeps changing to FF after I restart the system. I have no clue why this is happening - on my laptop there is no such element in the registry and everything works fine.
Any new ideas?
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 3:00 PM
Make sure that the drives and directories can be shared.
I will now go and try the solutions given by Novak Wu, as I'm having the same problem with making my 64-bits Windows 7 Home Premium pc a member of the same Homegroup as my other 4 Windows 7 pc's. I am getting sick and tired of this IPv6-thing. Bill Gates got rich by not finishing his work properly.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 9:02 PMDit is het dagen aan het prutsen geweest in windows. Maar dit is echt de oplossing . Veel dank
Monday, May 14, 2012 9:40 AMBINGO! Thank you, it works....Why do MS have to make it so complicated to do anything?
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 1:26 AMBrilliant .. that fixed it all I am now happily sharing files between my laptop and desktop computers
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:40 AMNovak Wu - Thank you so much. 3-1/2 years later and your solution works like a charm on my Windows 8 systems!
Thursday, March 21, 2013 3:42 PM
Works like a charm! :)
Saturday, April 27, 2013 9:00 PM
This procedure effortlessly worked its "magic". The problem was that the DisabledComponents key was not set to 0. Both my laptop (Win8) and desktop (Win7) are wireless-connected to the network router. The printer is plugged into a USB port on my desktop. With the modification of the DisabledComponents key to value 0, I was able to print a test page from my laptop to the printer on my desktop.
Thanks, Novak Wu.