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Windows 7 Can't see workgroup PCs

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  • As the title says I can't see any computers in my workgroup.  My network card seems to work fine, and I can connect to the internet just fine.  Its on a wired LAN 100mbps and I check the workgroups and they are setup correctly.  I tried searching for devices but askes for a address like //location/folder but what does that mean?  How would I type my workgroup dir so it would search it, //MSHOME/ ?  That didn't work for me.  I tried having Windows 7 search for any problems with the network and its says theres one issue with NAT devices and I need to contact my ISP, but I didn't have this problem with Windows Vista.  I'm also using all Windows 7 drivers from Microsoft, should I go download the Vista drivers for all my hardware?
    Wednesday, March 18, 2009 8:17 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I suggest that you enable Network Discovery. Click Start->Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center, click Change advanced sharing settings. Enable the option. 

    If the issue persists, try to access another computer by entering \\computername in the Start Search box. Let us know if it works properly.


    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    Friday, March 20, 2009 8:59 AM
    Moderator

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  • Hi,

    I suggest that you enable Network Discovery. Click Start->Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center, click Change advanced sharing settings. Enable the option. 

    If the issue persists, try to access another computer by entering \\computername in the Start Search box. Let us know if it works properly.


    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    Friday, March 20, 2009 8:59 AM
    Moderator
  • Howzit Folks?

    I have the same problem as WNxSpike and have Network Discovery enabled but still can't see Workgroup computers. Do I need to make any changes to the firewall?

    BTW, I'm using Windows 7 RC1.

    Any help appreciated.

    Cheers
    Bruce

    TCP/IP Configuration:
    Windows IP Configuration

       Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : blah-blah-blah
       Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
       Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
       IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
       WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1E-8C-18-08-4B
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
       Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::9853:4a1f:bc67:2409%11(Preferred)
       IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.200(Preferred)
       Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
       Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
       DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 234888844
       DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-11-99-92-D5-00-1E-8C-18-08-4B

       DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 194.46.192.141
                                           194.46.192.142
                                           192.168.1.1
       NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Tunnel adapter isatap.{8D18779E-AEBC-4599-ABBB-36A26AA45818}:

       Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 9:

       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
       IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:d5c7:a2d6:452:1336:3dd1:44d3(Preferred)
       Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::452:1336:3dd1:44d3%13(Preferred)
       Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::
       NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

    • Proposed as answer by caseuswayne Thursday, January 13, 2011 1:33 AM
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:35 PM
  • I have the same problem.
    I have got the network discovery working and am not in a homegroup.
    I can'y force a connection by typing \\hostename\sharename.
    I am spending a disproportionate amount of my leisure time trying to make windows 7 do what mac osx, windows xp windows vista and ubuntu can do without me opening a help file.
    Has anybody got their copy to see a workgroup?
    If so how?
    This is not a good way for Microsoft to pursuade me to buy their next OS
    Frank
    Monday, May 18, 2009 9:46 PM
  • I have the same problem, W7 7000 worked as it should W7 7001 does not. Is there anyone here with a working network in which you can see the other computers. The other computers are running Vista. I have the firewall disabled.
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009 9:27 AM
  • For some strange reason it is working now, spent hours trying last night.
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009 9:48 AM
  • I found that if I try to connect to my workgroup PCs via IP Address, i.e. \\xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx\sharename, the system is able to authenticate and connect.

    Trying to connect by names, even when creating a purely Windows 7 Homegroup, still fails miserably.  Network discovery is on and is finding the PCs, just can't connect.  So it appears that perhaps MS is trying to finally move away from NetBIOS. 

    Has anyone tried Windows 7 workgroup access via an FQDN with a DNS server on their network?
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009 11:58 AM
  • Nantallen, your solution worked fine....from Windows 7. I can even map  workgroup shares as network drives that way.
    Inevitably the other workgroup computers still can't see the windows 7 shared folders. (they can see there is a computer of that name but can't access it). I have set up folder sharing, disabled the firewall, added the identities fromn the other workgroup computers to the logins of the windows 7 and enabled guest access. All users have read/write/full control of the Users/Shared folder and I am trying to access it from another computer authenticating as the Win 7 administrator. I can't.
    Perhaps this would be a good time for a Microsoft staffer, who must be monitoring these Release Candidate forums, to get one of the programmers to offer a solution. Quite a few people are posting similar problems throughout the Networking forum.
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009 10:36 PM
  • Hi all! Have the same bug. After clean install Windows 7 RC1 build 7100 - Network Discovery didn't work, but Net access is normal. (Home LAN have 4 mashines (Workstations), 1 fileserver (simply PC), and one PC as Gateway. Simply Workgroup - I think there's no reason for Domain strukture). So, Win7 PC have normal access to Internet, all mashines have access to shared folders on Win7 PC, but not vice versa. And, naturally, in the Network folder Win7 PC can see himself only. On the next day (Win7 PC is not shutdowned) in the Network folder suddenly appears all Workgroup mashines. Well, I'm glad... At last I can use my Favorites folder and My Document folder, which are placed on the fileserver. (Using My Document folder is other song))) But today (third day of installed Win7) problem with access to other mashines in the home LAN appear again. All tricks with enable\disable Network Discovery don't work properly. Forcing connections with typing computer names\folders names don't work too. Must say that in all of the Beta Builds I haven't any problem with networking in home LAN area. Only in the RC1 that bug appear. P.S. Maybe that is not Bug? Maybe that's a feature? LOL P.P.S. Oh, yes! The Troubleshooter say that "Your broadband modem is experiencing connectivity issues" and "The network gateway is accessible, but Windows couldn’t receive network traffic from the Internet." What a ____ i need from Internet? I just don't have any kind of modem ! I simply want to have access to My Doc's, Favorites and other files I have INside my own home network! But when I'm boot XP SP3 - there is not any problem. So - trouble is in RC1...
    • Edited by Yezhishe Wednesday, May 20, 2009 2:09 PM
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 1:54 PM
  • I have the same problem as others (network works, but the Win7 computer does not show in the workgroup (on other computers) and I cannot see any other computer on Win7). The Network Discovery (and "File and printer sharing" and "sharing so anyone with network access can...") are all enabled. I am running Win7 RC (7100).

    I can find the Win7 computer from other PCs (all running WinXP) (by using Search and searching for \\computername\share name), but not vice versa. Eventually, I added shortcuts to "My Network Places" pointing to a share on Win7. Interestingly, i was able to browse to them. In short the connectivity works, but Win7 runs ins a "stealth mode".

    Any ideas?
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 3:21 PM
  • I always see people having this problem.  It was common between XP and 2000, with XP and Vista, now with XP and 7.   I don't understand.   I have NEVER had this fail.   I have ALL machines on the same workgroup.  I use HOME.   All machines have the same logins/passwords.   All machines have drives (or folders) shared with the permissions set correctly.   I use FULL CONTROL for EVERYONE.   You have to set the permissions!   The machines all have to be on for a few minutes to appear everywhere.  

    I can see every machine in the house.  Wired, wireless, makes no difference.   Every machine can see every other machine and shares.  This has never failed for me.   If you can't see other machines in Network Neighborhood (or whatever) you have it setup wrong.  

    This is not a Win 7 problem, it is a setup problem.
    • Proposed as answer by sderf Friday, May 22, 2009 1:05 AM
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 6:34 PM
  • I was running W7 under virtualization and using NAT, now uses BRIDGED and i can see all the computers now.
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 9:32 PM
  • I don't know if this will help. I have the same problem with Windows 7. I found a temporary solution by opening the network connections on another (slave) pc in my workgroup. This found my Windows 7 machine and when I dragged some music files into my user name shared file It brought up all my network pc's and I was able to transfer files between the windows7 and other pc's.
    Unfortunately it only lasted until I shut down Windows 7 but it did allow me to transfer the files I wanted and I was able to recreate the connection a second time.
    I was not able to locate my network printer though.
    Thursday, May 21, 2009 7:35 PM
  • I don't know if this will help. I have the same problem with Windows 7. I found a temporary solution by opening the network connections on another (slave) pc in my workgroup. This found my Windows 7 machine and when I dragged some music files into my user name shared file It brought up all my network pc's and I was able to transfer files between the windows7 and other pc's.
    Unfortunately it only lasted until I shut down Windows 7 but it did allow me to transfer the files I wanted and I was able to recreate the connection a second time.
    I was not able to locate my network printer though.
    Thursday, May 21, 2009 7:39 PM
  • I don't know if this will help. I have the same problem with Windows 7. I found a temporary solution by opening the network connections on another (slave) pc in my workgroup. This found my Windows 7 machine and when I dragged some music files into my user name shared file It brought up all my network pc's and I was able to transfer files between the windows7 and other pc's.
    Unfortunately it only lasted until I shut down Windows 7 but it did allow me to transfer the files I wanted and I was able to recreate the connection a second time.
    I was not able to locate my network printer though.
    Thursday, May 21, 2009 7:40 PM
  • I found a solution that worked for me - disable IPv6 in adapter properties.  This was a similar fix for XP\Vista networks when Vista was first released.
    • Proposed as answer by CBHOUND Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:33 AM
    Saturday, May 23, 2009 9:32 AM
  • ...(share some folder on all pc's)
    1. open network and sharing center
    2.open change advanced sharing center
    3.check under  home or network properties, if you have turned on network discovery and file and printer sharing
    4. if off turn it on, save changes, exit center then check it again. if appears off again find on win7 help which services must be started for network discovery. (start those services) 
    Network discovery requires that the DNS Client, Function Discovery Resource Publication, SSDP Discovery, and UPnP Device Host services are started, that network discovery is allowed to communicate through Windows Firewall -->  from windows help
    5.you can try also change adapter settings  on active adapter -> properties -> TCP/ IPv4 ->properties -> advanced -> wins -> use enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP
    6. sory for my english i hope you will understand
    • Proposed as answer by Andreysh Saturday, March 24, 2012 10:52 PM
    Sunday, May 24, 2009 2:06 PM
  • I have been fighting this for over a week, and still no joy.
    I can see and copy to/from the W7 system from other computers on the LAN, but W7 will NOT access the other computers.
    Tried everything suggested in several of these threads, plus some things not mentioned.

    IPCONFIG is good EXCEPT that:
    - Node Type is Hybrid instead of Broadcast
    - IP Routing Enabled is No instead of Yes

    W7 DOES:
    - get Internet
    - see the other computers and list them under Network and in Network Center
    - ping them
    - shows them with NET VIEW

    It just flat refuses to connect to them.
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 5:47 AM
  • So what is the error when you do

    I ASSUME you have users / shares setup on the XP boxes..

    \\pcname

    \\ipaddress
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 9:56 PM
  • Address bar changes the backslash to forward slash and says File not found.

    Net Use \\computername gives error 234  -- same for \\ipaddress

    Clicking any of the shown networked system icons gets me "Windows can not access \\computername".
    I was getting a logon prompt at first (it refused to accept it), but when I changed it from a home to a work network, I have only gotten the access error since, even after changing it back to home (NOT HOMEGROUP network. That's nuked, along with IPv6)

    I got an Error 53 from Net View \\computer name
    BUT Net View by itself shows all the computers

    btw, it's a 3 system lan. W2Ksp4ru1, XP sp2, and w7rc.
    And it was working fine with w7beta

    Thanks
    Monday, June 01, 2009 4:09 AM
  • Easy Fix.
    Control Panel > System and Security> System "See Name of this computer" > Change Settings......... and there ya go. Change the name of your workgroup from "WORKGROUP" to what every you use.  The old XP default was MSHOME. Restart and your done.
    Saturday, October 31, 2009 5:00 PM
  • I also had an easy fix.

    I tuned off the IP 6.0 setting in the network adaptpr properties, and resolved to the shared folders uisng the IP address, now I can see the other files in my work group.  Easy fix
    Thursday, November 05, 2009 2:01 AM
  • Easy Fix.
    Control Panel > System and Security> System "See Name of this computer" > Change Settings......... and there ya go. Change the name of your workgroup from "WORKGROUP" to what every you use.  The old XP default was MSHOME. Restart and your done.
    That should be the right point...
    • Proposed as answer by fvb Monday, January 18, 2010 9:55 PM
    Wednesday, January 13, 2010 4:07 PM
  • Sorry but I clicked the 'propose as answer' to the reply above - and the answer above was exactly what NEVER worked for me! I had 3 XP machines and 1 Vista laptop all with 'WG2' as the workgroup - and they all talked to each other just fine. Then I added a Win7 machine. I set him in a home network and his workgroup to WG2 just like all the other guys. But then all the other guys could see him but Win7 couldn't see anybody else! Tried all kinds of things but nothing worked. Finally I did 2 things today. First I followed the suggestion to turn off IPV6 but that didn't seem to make any difference. When I kept trying things and tried to change workgroup names on the XP machines and told them I was on a business workgroup, each machine took my previous WG2 and changed it to WORKGROUP - so kind of for the ____ of it I went around and changed all the workgroup names from WG2 to WORKGROUP and bingo - everyone now sees everybody else! Seems like Win7 wants everybody to belong to WORKGROUP and you're on your own if you want to call it anything else.
    Monday, January 18, 2010 10:10 PM
  • I have this same problem - I have a Windows 7 system on a network with two Windows XP systems.  If I browse the network on the Windows 7 system, I would not see the XP systems even though they were in the same work group. 

    What I found was that changing the workgroup seems to force the Windows 7 system to rescan the systems in that work group.  For example, on the Windows 7 system, I can change the work group from "WORKGROUP" to something else like "WORKGROUP2" and then change it back to "WORKGROUP" and it will start seeing the XP systems again.  The problem is that the Windows 7 system seems to occasionally lose the XP systems and I have to force it to rediscover them again by repeating this process of leaving the work group and rejoining it again.  Doing that is a real pain so I hope we can find a solution to this problem.

    I have network discovery turned on and my firewall is not blocking access...it seems that you have to force Windows 7 to refresh the members of the work group in order to see them.
    Chuck
    • Proposed as answer by yearn2burn Sunday, March 25, 2012 4:26 PM
    Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:26 AM
  • Went through a lot of the above over the past week using a wired VISTA desktop and a wireless 7 notebook.

    All was well (since setup after Xmas) until the laptop turned OFF the onboard wireless adapter  - never to return - but that is another story!
    I installed an external adapter which gave internet access on both machines but no sharing of files or printer.
    I could not even see files on the same machine using the network facility on windows explorer.

    I have unchecked the IPV4 and IPV6 connectivity on both machines, and then checked them on both machines.
    File and printer sharing is now all systems go. Guess this does some sort of reset?

    I have also reinstated my default Firewall settings after turning them off and the network is still working.

    I duplicated my main user account across machines yesterday but have not tried deleting them yet to see if that was significant.

    There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there and I cannot remember all the tips I have tried unsuccessfully.

    Mike



    Monday, January 25, 2010 3:01 AM
  • Hey all!

    I was having the same problem. Here's how I fixed it.

    START>Right Click on COMPUTER and select Properties.
    Click on ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS on the left.
    Click on the COMPUTER NAME tab.

    My Computer Description was blank. I added a computer description, clicked OK - then refreshed the Network folder and Wah-Lah! All of the workstations appeared.

    Hope this helps!
    • Proposed as answer by chbartel Monday, August 16, 2010 4:50 PM
    Monday, January 25, 2010 2:55 PM
  • I too could see the Win 7 laptop in the other computers network neighbourhoods, but you couldn't access it. Also the Win 7 laptop was not seeing any of them, only itself. Also the LAN had a red x on it. The Win 7 was running over wireless, as was all the other ones, and could get onto the internet, just no networking.

    I was fighting with this for the last few hours, trying this and that, and somehow this last combination finally worked for me after doing some of the following suggestions up above:

    Of course I had Network Discovery, file and print sharing, public folder, media streaming all turned on.
    I enabled the 40 or 56 bit encrytion just in case since we have some older puters on the network.
    I turned off password sharing...stuff that looks more obvious.
     
    But I had to finally pick WORK network not HOME network, did not like the HOME one at all.
    Also I shut off the IPv6 as someone suggested under adapter
    and I also put in the computer name again under computer description as described above.

    I also shut off Zone Alarm here and there to see if that made the computers pop up in the network, but that didn't work.

    Anyway, I might have done a few more things that I have forgotten to put down. So, with all of this done and zone alarm working, it is seeing the other computers finally!!!!  HOWEVER, I cannot access them yet if Zone Alarm is on, so Zone Alarm is blocking that part of it now.

    Boy, I never had this problem with my old Vista laptop, gawd I missed her today, and we have Win 98 and Xp computers also on this network, also never any problem with networking.

    This Windows 7 setup was super annoying and stressful, not user friendly at all in this instance. Otherwise I like Win 7 so far... now back to see why Zone Alarm is restricting access to the 'puters on the net.

    *serenity now*  *serenity now!*
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 5:45 PM
  • I have two Win 7 64 bit computers and one machine sees my computer on the Homegroup, but mine will not see it.  If I go to the other computer and type my computer name \\dane-pc at the start prompt it does not find it.  Trying the same thing on my computer by typing in the other computer name does find his computer. Sometimes the network map will draw, but it will show my computer in the lower left hand of the map and not "placeable" on the map. Even though the other computer sees me in the homegroup and shows my shared directories, it cannot open any of the directories even though I have granted read/write access to the homegroup.

    I notice that on the Network and Sharing connections map that I am on a Homegroup but mine has a name (my wireless SSID) where my other computer just says "network".  A wireless laptop in my network does see me in the homegroup and I can see i (we both have the SSID as network name even though my desktop is not wirelessly connected (wireless adapter is disabled).  It has something to do with the Network name.  I have tried the following without success:

     

    Updated my NIC to the latest driver per Novack's site reference.

    Turned on services for "Peer Network Grouping" and "Network Location Awareness" and set to automatic.

    Edited my registry to set "DisabledComponents" to 0

    Named my "computer description" to the name of my workgroup (which is workgroup).

    Have checked all the Advanced Sharing Setting under Homegroup:

      Network Discovery is ON

      File and Print Sharing is ON

      Sharing with anyone is ON

      Password protection is OFF

    IPv6 is on

    I have set DHCP off and entered all the necessary parameters and set WINS to enable Netbios.

     

    Any other suggestions?  I cannot understand why this is such a difficult task to get Homegroup to work.

     

    THANKS!

     

    Monday, May 24, 2010 4:21 PM
  • I have a Windows 7 64 bit machine on a home network with a mix of wired and wireless computers running everything from W2k, XP, and Vista.

     

    Yesterday all worked great. I do not permit automatic updates or even automatic downloading (after I have had updates applied at shutdown with automatic updates turned off). At the end of the day I shut it down.

     

    This morning I could not see any of the other computers on the network. My Computer indicated that network discovery was off when I clicked on the Network. Bizarre.

     

    I just changed to a Work network after reading above and now see the Vista machines below the Network but only one of them in the right pane. While typing this, the machine in the right pane also got listed as having shared media (for 2 seconds) then went away. Sheesh this is flakey code.

    Oh, I am not in a home group (since this is the only W7 machine) and am in a workgroup (not named WORKGROUP) - this is a change I made this morning trying to fix this...

    Any suggestions? This is frustrating. I have worked with hundreds of PCs over the year and have never been so stymied as I have since Vista came out (it took we 2 weeks to install W7).

     

    Sunday, June 13, 2010 3:24 PM
  • Hey guys,

    I am trying to get a networking issue between Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and Windows XP Pro resolved.

    Here goes..

    So I use advanced sharing in Windows XP and I am sharing one folder. I removed the "everyone" permission and added my current user name to the permissions list. I give this user full control. Now when I try to access this from Windows 7, it gives a permission error and I cannot get in. The folder shows up fine on Win 7 and I can ping machines back and forth. This is not a firewall problem for sure.

    For testing purposes I removed the user in the permissions list on the XP share and I added "everyone." Then I go back to the Windows 7 pc to try and access the share and BAM... it works. Opens in a rapid fashion and all is well.

    BUT. This is not secure. I want to be able to only allow certain users. When I remove the "everyone" permission and only add the current account name on the XP machine, I am making the share password protected. My xp machine has a user account that needs a password. When I access XP shares from other XP machines, it asks for a user and password to login. Ever since I brought one Windows 7 machine into the network, it gives me a permission error. I want Windows 7 to pop up the same dialogue box that wants a user name and password to access. I also should not need to have my XP and 7 windows have the same user name password.

    Windows XP was a breeze.

    Basically I want this: Make the shares on the XP machine to be password protected (everyone permission fully removed). So when I want to access it from the 7 machine, it will ask for the username and pass. (just like xp to xp machines do)


    I have read far and wide but never found something this specific.



    Let's get this forum fired up and get security to the forefront .
    Sunday, June 13, 2010 8:55 PM
  • I did the same thing disable IPv6 and it works great!!!!!!!
    • Proposed as answer by Charles 619 Monday, June 21, 2010 6:09 AM
    Tuesday, June 15, 2010 2:53 AM
  • Did you get it resolved? I am in the same boat

    Thanks

    Monday, June 21, 2010 4:28 PM
  • Naddy, You are probably right, but if it is a setup problem, WHAT is the problem??? Your answer is useless as stated
    Monday, June 21, 2010 4:30 PM
  • I suggest that you should joined in a workgroup for you to able to see the other computer.

    Right Click>My Computer >Properties> ; then you will see the basic information about your computer such as the Windows Edition, System,Computer name/domain name and workgroup settings..

    Under the Computer name/domain name and workgroup settings there was the:

    computer name: xxxxxxxxxxx

    full computer name: xxxxxxxxxxx

    computer description:  xxxxxxxxx

    workgroup: ?????????

    on the right side click the Change Settings >System Properties > under System Properties

    click the Change button to rename this computer or change its domain or workgroup,click Change.

    it will prompt: Computer name: xxxxxxxx

    member of

    radio button : Domain

    radio button: Workgroup: (you click the radio button on workgroup then input the name of the workgroup, if done click ok. it will prompt a message box that you are welcoming to that workgroup. and a message box again that you need to restart your computer to take effect. close/save the other program then click restart your computer now on the message box.

    after restart you may now see the other workgroup computer/s.

    • Proposed as answer by dziedzicmj Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:12 AM
    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 10:17 AM
  • I think that this has been answered a bunch of times before, but jtracker said it exactly like it should be.
    Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:14 AM
  • The WIFI network was working fine.  I made no changes.  But then I saw network discovery is off... so I turned it on and again it worked.  I transferred files etc.

    Then, nothing, none of the other PC's would show (but I could still connect to the internet).

    After reinstalling, rebooting etc. it reached the point where I could see other win7 pc's on the network.  But not the XP PC's. 

    It's set to "work" and the computer name, description and workgroup name are all set correctly.

    I could also see my pc on the other PC's but when I tried to access it, it said path not found.

    I uninstalled network drivers and when I tried to reinstall I got DSOD (something "not equal" and a driver error.)

    The PC is less than 2 weeks old and I'm already at 40% maint. time.

    Borg Vomit

     

     

     

    Friday, June 25, 2010 1:53 AM
  • Hey WNXSpike let me explain you an experience that i made yersterday.

    first i use windows 7 pro and my boss ask me to put 8 pcs at the same workgroup as name EDUC. first i use standard procedure to add each computer at the same workgroup and i make sure that i leave the homegroup in the shoose homegroup and sharing options Option and i use the same network Location til now everything normally. and after  i add two other pcs in the workgroup when i tried to access these two computers via one of 8pcs that tell i cannot access and then i can access all pcs between the 8 pcs.

     

    i suggest you to do the samething like me okay. try it ok

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:43 PM
  • disable your firewalls
    Monday, July 19, 2010 2:24 PM
  • Windows 7 has something new called a Homegroup. This makes sharing between other Windows 7 pc's easy but causes problems with non Windows 7 pc's. Google how to turn off and disable your Homegroup and you should be fine.

     

     

    Monday, July 26, 2010 11:22 PM
  • I was having similar problems with a workgroup using various XP & Win 7 PC's and after quite a bit of wrangling, I think I figured out the problem and it may work for other users (ultimately, my problem hinged on a firewall setting). 

    1)Make sure all machines have the same workgroup name, ex. MSHOME.

    2)As others here have suggested, make sure all Win 7 machines have changed their workgroup settings from "Home" to a "Work" network in the Network & Sharing Center, this enables the XP machines to see and access the ones with Win 7.   (Also make sure that that network discovery, file & printer sharing, etc. are turned on as needed in Advanced Sharing Settings).

    3)On the XP machines, make sure to check your firewall settings and allow exceptions for file & printer sharing, this allowed my Win 7 machines to see and access the ones with XP.

    Step 3 is what solved the problem for me. :)

    Saturday, July 31, 2010 9:11 PM
  • After trying everything including all of the suggestions in this post, I finally got it to work for me.  It wanted my mypcname\sharename and then password.

    For example the name of the workgroup computer that I was trying to connect to was, CHIBURN.  I first typed \\chiburn in the run box and hit enter, when the box openend at the top left of the screen for username and password, I selected other and typed in my pc name,  e.g.  mypcname\CHIBURN and then entered the password in the next box.  Hope this helps.

    Thursday, August 05, 2010 7:14 PM
  • Hey all!

    I was having the same problem. Here's how I fixed it.

    START>Right Click on COMPUTER and select Properties.
    Click on ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS on the left.
    Click on the COMPUTER NAME tab.

    My Computer Description was blank. I added a computer description, clicked OK - then refreshed the Network folder and Wah-Lah! All of the workstations appeared.

    Hope this helps!


    This fixed it for me as well!

     

    It was bizarre, as I was able to browse by computer name for the past year, suddenly the past week or so I have not been able to.  I believe it may have been from a recent Microsoft security update??

     

    I also just added  a computer description, clicked okay, now I can browse by computer name.  Before I did what was mentioned above, I was able to browse by ip address just fine.

     

     

    Monday, August 16, 2010 4:50 PM
  • I have been wrestling with this night and day. Here are the specifics of my system:

    1) Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit (Networking Win 7 Ultimate: 6-core, 4-core, Xerox MFP Phaser Printer, Internet)
    2) Gigabyte motherboard with on-board LAN
    3) D-Link DGL 4100 router - Configured properly with both computers and Printer showing IP's (DCHP) and MAC addresses

    A) Printers recognized by both the Quad and the 6-core computers.
    B) Internet connected, on and accessible from both computers
    C) Cisco NetworkMagic and Win 7 both report Network and Internet Access (lower right corner of screen)
    D) Occasionally (key word) both computers are mutually visible to each other - and then suddenly not visible
    E) Occasionally directories are visible to/from both computers - and then suddenly not visible
    F) File sharing so opened up that a groundhog in the next county could access anything

    In an attempt to eliminate variables and re-check everything:

    1) Re-did the Workgroup setup procedure per http://windows.microsoft.com/e.....-workgroup (USELESS, COMMON SENSE)
    --- Every setting checked and double checked
    2) Deleted/Uninstalled MSE - Now only have ESET AV/Firewall
    3) D-Link DGL-4100 Gamer Router configured properly.
    4) Still have BitTorrent installed and running - just no downloading or seeding at the moment

    Note:
    A) I am NOT interested in networking to Win XP, Vista, etc. - Only within Win 7 Workgroup
    B) No, I will not use HomieGroup - because of its many limitations.

    So that's it. No reliable network, file sharing or file transfer possible. Like a bad date, at best it's on again, off again. Help please.

    Rant for the day: Why has the ease of networking in Win NT 4.0 been replaced by the convenience of networking in Windows 7?

    Thanks,

    IncurableGeek (@yahoo.com)

    Friday, August 20, 2010 4:55 PM
  • did you resolve?   i have the same issue
    Thursday, October 21, 2010 1:44 AM
  • BTW: Had the same problem (Not finding workgroup PCs) This worked for me ... The d! description field ??? really MSFT? That should stop PC's from being visible on a network LOL! Thanks for the help. I was pulling hair out on this one! 
    Monday, November 01, 2010 4:09 PM

  • Hey guys,

    I am trying to get a networking issue between Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and Windows XP Pro resolved.

    Here goes..

    So I use advanced sharing in Windows XP and I am sharing one folder. I removed the "everyone" permission and added my current user name to the permissions list. I give this user full control. Now when I try to access this from Windows 7, it gives a permission error and I cannot get in. The folder shows up fine on Win 7 and I can ping machines back and forth. This is not a firewall problem for sure.

    For testing purposes I removed the user in the permissions list on the XP share and I added "everyone." Then I go back to the Windows 7 pc to try and access the share and BAM... it works. Opens in a rapid fashion and all is well.

    BUT. This is not secure. I want to be able to only allow certain users. When I remove the "everyone" permission and only add the current account name on the XP machine, I am making the share password protected. My xp machine has a user account that needs a password. When I access XP shares from other XP machines, it asks for a user and password to login. Ever since I brought one Windows 7 machine into the network, it gives me a permission error. I want Windows 7 to pop up the same dialogue box that wants a user name and password to access. I also should not need to have my XP and 7 windows have the same user name password.

    Windows XP was a breeze.

    Basically I want this: Make the shares on the XP machine to be password protected (everyone permission fully removed). So when I want to access it from the 7 machine, it will ask for the username and pass. (just like xp to xp machines do)


    I have read far and wide but never found something this specific.



    Let's get this forum fired up and get security to the forefront .

    Same exact situation as you, and yes, you are right. It's been suggested in this forum to give "EVERYONE" full control, which we both know is a terrible "fix". It's infuriating actually - more so when my Mac has no issue with this whatsoever - it'll correctly asks you to define the user and password for the XP share. "EVERYONE" + FULL CONTROL is definitely not an answer, nor a fix. It gets you to make things work, in the wrong way - which is unfortunately what MS presumably wanted to get away from.

    So this maybe a simple lack of knowledge for me on Win7, so I'll ask specific questions related to making Windows 7 properly access Windows XP shares (share/permissions are set, workgroups are set and visible, this is specifically about access, not discovery):

    • There seems to be some auto-login going on. Win7 doesn't even ask for credentials to access a share with specific user permissions. What/how is this configured properly? - to pop a login, and not try to access "automatically".

    To everyone reading this that is why "EVERYONE" + full control works. Your share has absolutely no security whatsoever. It's allowing EVERYONE access to it - yes, read, write, delete. You, your neighbor, your guests, EVERYONE . You can of course only allow READ (suggested) to protect from modifications, but not access....

    Hope there's a specific answer to this - answers like "give EVERYONE full control" is likely the opposite result MS wants its user base to do - hence all the hoops to jump around with networking and trying to apply "secure by default". Obviously its not working and without clarity, your users will do what they will do - making all this security effort a waste.


    It's ____! http://dailycrapola.spaces.live.com/
    Monday, November 01, 2010 5:09 PM
  • I've had the same problem, and I found that changing the workgroup name on the Win7 computer to something else, and then changing it right back to the original name fixes the problem.  It seems that changing the workgroup name is forceing the computer to run a "network discovery" process of some sort.  I suppose that the poster above who changed his Win7 description to get it to work in doing so also forced the Win7 computer to run this process.

    All of this while "automatic network discovery" is set to on.  So it appears the Win7 computer doesn't fully try to discover the network automatically in all cases.   In my case, I had made what I thought were minor changes to the network - I replaced the ethernet card in the XP machine and had to download a new driver to get it working.   Interestingly, although I was unable to see XP files on on my Win7 computer, I was able to see Win7 files on the XP machine.  But not vice versa until I changed the workgroup name and then changed back on the Win7 computer. 

    Hopefully, this post will get MS to figure out what is truly happening when you change a workgroup name, that apparently DOESN'T happen even with automatic discovery set to "on".    Come on guys - help us out here!!!

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010 3:22 PM
  • Rant for the day: Why has the ease of networking in Win NT 4.0 been replaced by the convenience of networking in Windows 7?

    Thanks,

    IncurableGeek (@yahoo.com)

    Agreed. After reading pages and pages of basically the same issue, dating back to early last year, you would think MS could recognize that they blew this one.

    Yes I have just been fighting the same problem. My XP and Vista systems can see/access the new Windows 7, but not the other way around. And it magicaaly sees, but still can't access, the other systems once in awhile. This is soooo much fun. It should not be this difficult, and certainly seems like a step backwards.


    Wayne
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 3:53 AM
  • I had big problem to add 3 new computers with windows 7 to the existing network with computers who are running windows XP.

    workgroup name is WORKGROUP.

    After weeks and weeks hard work finally I have found solution.

    Start->right-clicking Computer->Properties->Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings->Computer Name tab->Change

    First because default name of Workgroup in Windows 7 is WORKGROUP I have change that to example MSHOME, RESET. Than change again the name of workgroup to WORKGROUP and thats works on all 3 computers.

    Its maybe silly but its work for me

    • Proposed as answer by MadBillyl Monday, December 27, 2010 5:37 PM
    Friday, November 26, 2010 2:39 PM
  • //mshome/.     7 I believe sets the homegroup name to workgroup instead of mshome
    Saturday, November 27, 2010 3:02 PM
  • This worked for me.  I can now see the XP Pro computers, and can transfer files the Windows7 computer to the XPs. 
    Monday, December 27, 2010 5:37 PM
  • This is the BEST answer as it solved my problems of mixing XP pc and W7 pc. I knew the W7 was on 'different' track to the other MSHOME network - but didnt realise it was important! Thank you very much!
    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:17 AM
  • hi!

    jst follow these steps to configure ur Workgroup to share stuffs in the home network under windows 7

    Step #1: make sure ur anti-virus software firewall disabled and windows firewall enabled. 

    Step #2: goto control panel -> Network and Internet ->Networking and sharing

                  their u will find ur active network profile (i.e home or work or public)

    NOTE: in order to share file all the systems in the network must be configured to either home or work.

              so, u can choose home or work network profile but make sure all the system in the network are configured to the same network profile (i.e make all ur               network pc to either home or work profile) if u configured different network profile for the network pc, u will get weird errors while connecting! 

     

    Step #3: once all the network system are configured to same network profile then goto control panel -> Network and Internet ->Networking and sharing

                 ->Change advanced sharing setting turn on i)network discovery ii)file sharing iii)public sharing folder and turn off password protected sharing(just                  for convenience)

     

    Step #4: right click my computer goto properties choose change setting option which is under the computer name,domain work group setting. under computer name tab click the change button. by default ur computer will be member of work group with a preset profile naming "WORKGROUP"  

    Step #5: rename tht profile name from workgroup to something like shareme and hit the ok. 

     

    NOTE: MUST DO ALL OF THE ABOVE STEPS IN ALL THE SYSTEM WHICH ARE CONNECTED IN THE NETWORK.

    THTS ALL....SO FAR WE HAVE CREATED AND CONFIGURED WORKGROUP! NOW RESTART THE PC AND CHECK OUT THE RESULT!

     

    Cheers! 

    hope tht works.. i tested using windows 7 and dlink wifi router!

    Thursday, January 06, 2011 2:38 AM
  • WHY HAS THIS POST GOTTEN SO LONG???  THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE AND HAS BEEN STATED MANY, MANY TIMES:

    CHANGE THE WORKGROUP NAME ON THE WIN7 COMPUTER TO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, THEN CHANGE IT BACK! 

    THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT!

    Thursday, January 06, 2011 3:07 PM
  • well, i agree with ur view! but while i google regarding this topic there was many people had trouble even doing wht u have said. beacause either their antivirus s/w blocks this feature..or people have no idea regarding network profile.... 

    so y i planned to provide complete tutorial dear Todd71!!

    sorry for my lengthy tutorial.. i m happy u gave the feedback!

    cheers!

    Friday, January 07, 2011 12:48 AM
  • Well I have the same problem of losing access to the computers on my lan in a workgroup with a win7 home netbook.  Works for about a month then stops seeing the workgroup computers.  It's setup for the same workgroup as all the other non win7 computers and nas boxes.  I've tried the suggestions of renaming then renaming it back again, adding a discription of the computer, stopping homegroup services from running, turning off the internet prodical 6, etc and none of these have started it working again.

    I ran LanScan, on another computer when I couldn't see the workgroup, and it shows the netbook is not reporting the workgroup name that is setup in Win7 home.  All the other computers and NAS boxes are reporting the correct work group.  So it seems Win7 home is forgetting/not reporting the workgroup name in the setup.  The only way I have been able to get it to work again is to restore the drive with a backup from a time when it was working with the workgroup. 

    I have a HTPC that is running Window 7 Ultimate and it lost the workgroup for a short time then got it back without me doing anything and it been fine so far.  So I'm at a loss for a fix that isn't doing a restore about once a month.  Wish I knew what was changing and the cause of the change. 

    Edit: Win7 is setup for home network.

    Update:  I even upgraded it to Ultimate from Home hoping it might help solve the problem.  Nope.

    I have two Win 7 machines.  A netbook and a desktop.  The desktop lost the workgroup once in a time span of a year or more, but it came back without me doing anything.  The netbook is an on going problem.  The one difference between the two is the netbook connects to other networks besides the home lan. My work's wifi is the most frequent other network connection I use which is basically a public wifi.  Lately when the netbook was seeing the workgroup at home in the evening and morning before work.  I went to work, used the public wifi at work and then when I got home I couildn't see the workgroup. 

    Both wifi networks were setup for auto connect.  For a few days I was able to get the workgroup back by first deleting with work network from the Manage My Wireless Connects list and rebooting.  The next time I got it back by making my home network first in the list.  The next time these two actions didn't bring the workgroup back.

    • Edited by buck351 Thursday, February 24, 2011 4:30 PM
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:18 AM
  • I'm happy to have found this forum.  I have 9 Windows Xp, Vista, NAS, all on a home network with the same Workgroup name.  I was able to see every device from any of the computers.  I recently added a Windows 7 laptop and for a while, I had no problems with invisible devices in the network.  Yesterday, for some reason*, the Vista and Win7 computers didn't show all the other computers and devices. The other devices could be accessed via a \\computername.

    I tried several attempts including adding a lmhosts file and using a WINS server.  No attempts worked reliably.

    The suggestion to disable IPv6 on the Vista and Windows 7 computers works for me.  Thanks to the poster and thanks to internet searching.

    *I wonder if the problem began because I recently had to replace a drive in one of the NAS and I decided to re-initialize the NAS which meant that I had to change its default workgroup name to the one I'm using.

    UPDATE: The delete IPv6 didn't solve the problem which came back on a later reboot. Trying the change/re-change workgroup name.

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 5:02 AM
  •  I suggest changing your network id

    control panel>system and security>system>change settings>system properties>network id>select this is a home computer ,its not part of a business domian

    then restart..

    Thursday, January 13, 2011 1:43 AM
  • hi .

             i did everything as u said , in windows seven installed system everything works perfect i,e. i can view and access my drives files which are shared from XP  installed system, but in XP i could not see any workgroup computer on view workgroup in XP it empty nothing shows.

     

    i have two system one is xp and windows seven , i need to share all drives to each other, it shows all drives of XP in windows seven but it doesnot show Windows seven drives in xp . even it is not showing computer name in view workgroup on xp.

    help me please.

    Saturday, January 15, 2011 6:11 PM
  • Hello all,

    I see you're all having a lot of trouble connecting workgroups together.  I've been working IT at a university and three law firms for the last 6 years, and I've had to deal with this problem quite often.

    At the most troubled firm, they have a Windows XP Server and both Vista and 7 workstations.  I suggest:

    Disable IPv6.

    Enable network discovery.

    Use static IPs on all workstations.  Duplicate IPs will prevent you from accessing it.

     

    Static IP addresses have always fixed the issue for me.  I highly suggest trying it.

    Wednesday, March 09, 2011 7:52 PM
  • Here's my experience:  I tried to add a win 7 home premium (wireless) to a mixed Vista and XP workgroup.

    • Disable IPv6.
    • disable the homegroup, and choose the workgroup options instead.
    • Enable network discovery
    • The new pc must have a description as well as a name.
    • I ended up creating a new workgroup and adding each pc to it, thus restarting each one.  This was the first indication of success I had - before this, the new pc did not 'see' the workgroup, and the workgroup did not see the new pc.  As I restarted the workgroup members, they became visible to the new pc, and they to it.
    • It might be enough to add the new Win 7 to the workgroup and restart each member of the workgroup.
    Sunday, March 13, 2011 4:23 AM
  • Goto to control panel on Win 7. Go to system and security. Goto system. Scroll down to "computer name, domain and workgroup setting". click on "change settings." Look for "Change" box at the bottom to to rename computer. Click the "Change" box. Next, click on "workgroup" at the bottom. In the box just type "HOME". Now do the same with yr XP machines. Just go to Control panel, systems, change the workgroup name. Type in "HOME" for all of them (for now). See if that works. For some strange reason some win 7 updates just screws it all up. I had the same probs guys. Careful of yr anti virus firewalls too. I did everything concievable no fix. But after I did this. Perfecto! Try this first before chacking other technical stuff that might make matters worse, especially if it was working previously. Good Luck!
    Sunday, April 03, 2011 10:00 AM
  • Naddy69,,,,I'm with you on the Have to set Permissions,,,I went through this once,,I could see them and then they would disappear,,then I messed around with the permissions and I got it to work. But now after a recovery I dont remember how to get the permissions set right. So would you put up a step by step process,,this might help people who come in later and for me to look back on. I would greatly appreciate it. Is there a way to set permissions on xp?
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 7:24 PM
  • I read all the posts in this thread, but no luck. My problem is little bit different. I have 2 win 7 pcs. They are on the same WORKGROUP with different computer names, and they can see each other fine on the network. They have the exact same sharing setting. Network discovery is on. File and printer sharing is on. Public folder sharing is on. Password protected sharing is on. I created another user called access on both computers, and the user has the permission to access the folder. If I turn off Password protected sharing, I have no problem. However, if I turn on Password protected sharing, the computer can't access each other. If I click, it just says: "\\xxx is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Logon failure: user account restriction. Possible reasons are blank passwords not allowed, logon hour restrictions, or a policy restriction has been enforced." Isn't it supposed to ask me for a username and password?
    Saturday, May 07, 2011 6:06 AM
  • All the solutions in this thread has not worked for me. Re-installing win7 x64 from Technet DVD. Will see what happens then, see my own thread on this from yesterday.

    One thing I kinda notice on another WIN7 PC, there seems to be two different things happening when looking at computers in the network window, first the progress bar move along while finding the local computer, then it pauses and then the progress bar moves along again as the other computers are displayed in the network window. On the WIN7 PC that shows no other computers, the progress bar does not seem to do this second thing.

     

     

    Saturday, May 07, 2011 7:34 AM
  • Well, I re-installed the complete win7x64 ultimate from technet DVD on the computer which had been upgraded from WIN7x64 home premium to Win7x64 Ultimate, and lo and behold, I immediately can see all devices on the network. Go figure!

     

    Saturday, May 07, 2011 9:03 AM
  • I have a windows 2003 server, vista pc (both wired) and W7 laptop(wireless).  The wired pcs could see each other but not the laptop and the laptop could not see the wired pcs.  I could connect to all pcs by computer name but nothing I did would get the wired pcs to show up on the laptop until I bridged the LAN and Wireless connection and now every one see every one, no isses.

     

     

    Wednesday, June 08, 2011 4:05 AM
  • I had similar problems, i had already done all the suggested fixes, so i was looking at my router setup webpage and deleted 2 items in my DHCP reservations list that i had setup months ago which were no longer being used but 1 was the same name as my computer, rebooted the router and now my desktop and laptop see each other and networking works fine.
    Saturday, July 16, 2011 4:53 PM
  • Compendium - Windows Vista/ 7 can't see other Workgroup Computers:
    hierarchical step-by-step manual with quick-access command line strings (in '..') wherever possible

        This summary is based on 16 years of experience in Windows networking ever since Windows 3 and NT. It lists everything in the order I consider most efficient and effective, with every step containing all commands needed for that particular step.

        This manual provides that the workstations with Windows <Vista network with each other just fine. If they don't you need to solve that first (see brief summary in the bottom of this posting)

      *  when the network is not required, restart the router/ hub/ switch

      *  run 'msdt.exe -id NetworkDiagnosticsNetworkAdapter' (= the built in 'Windows Network Diagnostic'/ "Identify and Repair Network Problems") and choose the adapter(s) to be diagnosed (and potentially fixed). Note: this is essentially the same as running 'ncpa.clp' (= Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections), right clicking onto the respective adapter, Diagnose

      *  run 'Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL Sysdm.cpl,,1' and verify that a) at least a name is assigned, best also a description; b) the workgroup name of the Vista/ 7 PC is the same as of the ones to connect to. If not, adapt and restart. If still not, also restart other (or eventually even each) member of the workgroup.
     
        Sometimes it also helps to simply run the 'Network ID Wizard' again, maintaining the same settings, and restart
       
      *  'control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter' (= Network and Sharing Center), Advanced Sharing Settings: verify that "Turn on Network Discovery" is enabled
     
      *  if there is a 3rd party security app (Anti Virus, Internet Security etc.) installed, disable it. Esp. disable so-called 'resident shields' etc. If you were able to pinpoint the network blockage to such an app, either update/ upgrade it, or even consider to uninstall it.
     
      *  f there is several network adapters present in the PC, e.g. wireless and wired, connect with a different adapter to narrow down if the problem does affect all adapters or is limited to one
     
      *  make sure ALL PCs are assigned at least a name, best also a description
     
      *  update the network adapters drivers of all PCs to the latest version via Device Manager/ Windows Update. Also check on the supplier's homepage for new drivers
     
      *  in the properties of the network adapter in question, disable ALL entries (incl. IPv6) apart from these 3: Client for Microsoft Networks, File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks, Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) --> OK
      
      *  run the following repair utilities from 'Microsoft Fix it Tools', easiest from http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Fix-it-Center-Download-157570.html: Home Group (is known to also fix generic networking issues up to a certain extent) , Windows Firewall. Alternatively you can run them from http://support.microsoft.com/fixit
     
      *  run the following commands, one by one or in a batch (should already have been included in one of more of the above steps, but just to make sure):
         ipconfig /flushdns
         ipconfig /release
         ipconfig /renew
      
      *  use static IPs on all workstations to prevent duplicate IPs
     
      * check at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itpronetworking if there is a current Microsoft update that turned out to block network traffic. If so, uninstall it via 'appwiz.cpl', 'Uninstall an Update' (you can search for the specific kbxxxxx in the upper right)
     
      *  disable IPv6 globally, either manually as per http://blog.tiensivu.com/aaron/archives/824-Vista-If-you-really-want-to-disable-IPv6,-you-can..html (also applies to Vista), or as per MS http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929852
     
      *  create a new workgroup with a name other than 'workgroup' , e.g. 'network' or 'groupwork', and add each PC to it. After restarting each workgroup member, see if they became visible to the Windows 7 unit, and it to them
     
      *  'control /name Microsoft.HomeGroup', Leave Homegroup, and choose the workgroup options instead (for more information see http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27091)
     
      -------------------------------------------
    * if workstations with Windows <Vista do NOT network fine with each other --> on all these workstations: stop Computer Browser; ipconfig /flushdns; set DhcpNodeType to 4 (mixed); turn Simple file sharing off; Allow anonymous network login; enable Guest user; restart Computer Browser


    • Proposed as answer by zerosdfd Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:48 AM
    Sunday, July 17, 2011 2:32 AM
  • I tried everything everyone listed here, however my 6 win7pro pc's continue to only see the win7 pc's.  The XP PC's and 2003 and 2008 servers can see everything including the win7 pro pc's.

    I disabled IPv6, I enabled Netbios of TCP/IP.   I've changed the workgroup to something else and back again. still nothing.

     

    The only thing I could do to get this to wok somewhat was to edit the host file on the win7 pc's and enter the ip addresses of the core machines, i.e. servers and NAS devices. Once I did this I could manually map drives to the unseen computers..

     

    I am open to other options.

     

    thx

    Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:34 PM
  • I was having the same issue and resolved it by following the steps in Microsoft KB 903267. The article is listed as a fix for XP computers that could not view other workgroup computers but it worked for my WIN7 machines also. We are now able to see the XP computers fine. You can back up the registry key before making any changes.

    To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
    2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetBt\Parameters
    3. In the right pane of Registry Editor, delete the following values if they are present:
      • NodeType
      • DhcpNodeType
      Note If the NodeType value is present, this value will override the DhcpNodeType value. If neither subkey is present and if no WINS servers are configured for the client, the computer uses b-node mode. If at least one WINS server is configured, the computer uses h-node mode.
    4. Quit Registry Editor.
    5. Restart the computer.
    6. Try to view workgroup computers on the network again.
    • Proposed as answer by jackehendrix Friday, November 04, 2011 1:29 AM
    Friday, July 22, 2011 12:32 PM
  • That did the trick...  

     

    Thank you JB..

    Friday, July 22, 2011 3:44 PM
  • My problem is that I can see the other computers in my network but Windows 7 will not let me access them. I have browsed through the suggestions in this posting and have tried all of them without success. I even bought a book on the subject but the guy refunded my hard earned pension money after acknowledging it didn't achieve anything. This is my only criticism of 7, it has proven to be the most time consuming challenge when it comes to networking. I can access Windows 7 files and printers from Vista and XP Home but try as I will, I cannot get access to these computers from Windows 7. I am now going to attempt setting a Static IP Address but it would help if someone could take me step by step through this procedure as I have no idea how to go about it. 

    • Proposed as answer by PC_Drifter Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:36 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by PC_Drifter Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:36 PM
    Monday, August 01, 2011 8:49 PM
  • JB. Couldn't find anything like this in Windows XP Home nor in Windows 7.
    Tuesday, August 02, 2011 7:27 AM
  • Watchman,

    Can you give more details about your situation? What is the exact error are you receiving when you try to access the shares from a WIN 7 computer?  

    Friday, August 05, 2011 7:02 PM
  • I had a similar problem, I could see all windows 7 computers but none of the others.  Here is how I solved it:

    1. Click Start > Computer > System Properties (at the top)

    2. Click on Advanced System Settings (on the left)

    3.  Click on "Computer Name" tab.  Mine showed the workgroup name as the default, which is WORKGROUP.  You need to change that.  Click on Change, enter the name of your network or workgroup and click ok.

    4. Restart your computer and you will see all the computers in the workgroup, including the XP ones.

    This helped me on my problem and is an easy fix.  Hope this helps you! 

    Monday, August 15, 2011 4:46 PM
  • I had the same problem and the problem was that the laptop had the same computer name as another. To change the pc name :- Go to Start>Computer>System properties. Under the heading,"Computer name,domain,and workgroup settings" click "Change settings. In the Tab "Computer Name", click "Change" and change the computer name, then click ok. It will ask to restart now or restart later choose which ever one you want to do. Hope this solve the problem.
    • Proposed as answer by Keston Smart Monday, August 15, 2011 7:43 PM
    Monday, August 15, 2011 7:43 PM
  • My problem was similar... I could connect to Windows 7 PC public share BUT Windows 7 couldn't see or connect to Vista PC.

    Removed homegroup on Windows 7, could see the Vista PC icon in Network but couldn't connect. Restored Windows 7 homegroup.

    My problem ending up being that the Vista PC Network was set to Public Network. Changed it to private (Network and Sharing Center / Network / Customize) - works GREAT sharing public folders between Vista & 7 machines.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:38 PM
  • Everybody having problems accessing computers with different version of Windows via their home workgroup, should carefully read these tutorials. They explain in detail how to configure Windows XP, Windows Vist and Windows 7 so that they work well together. As a rule of thumb: network discovery should always be turned on, the network profile should be set to home/work/private (and never public), they should all use the same workgroup. For the rest of the details, check out these three detailed tutorials.

    How to Customize Network Sharing Settings in Windows 7

    Sharing Between Windows Vista and Windows 7 Computers

    Sharing Between Windows XP and Windows 7 Computers

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 8:20 PM
  • Howzit Folks?

    I have the same problem as WNxSpike and have Network Discovery enabled but still can't see Workgroup computers. Do I need to make any changes to the firewall?

    BTW, I'm using Windows 7 RC1.

    Any help appreciated.

    Cheers
    Bruce

    We too had all the problems listed in this thread.
    The issue started when I reported slow transfer rates top our support personnel when copying data from one computer to another.  We tried swapping Ethernet cables and I believe switched to the other 2nd port on the back of the PC. We then lost everything and had all the problems listed in this thread which we read from one end to the other, along with a heap of other threads elsewhere.  We eventually found a tip that resolved our issue which I thought I would share in this one.  Somehow the adapter settings had lost the "Client for Microsoft Networks".  We re-established that one simple thing and of course everything went back to normal.
    How we lost this is beyond our understanding.
    I guess he message is, try the obvious first.
    Hope this helps someone else.


    • Edited by 50mxe20 Friday, September 23, 2011 4:45 AM
    • Proposed as answer by kristoffdecunha Sunday, February 12, 2012 5:54 PM
    Friday, September 23, 2011 4:44 AM
  • Thanks, JBSHMA. After trying everything on this thread, THIS finally worked.
    Thursday, October 27, 2011 3:10 PM
  • Well after trying every suggestion I found I gave up and figured my last step would be wiping the drive and starting with a clean install. So I was waiting until I had time to do it. Then one day I noticed it was seeing all the computers and NAS boxes again. I don't know what happened other than a month or more passed and maybe an update fixed it. It's been work fine ever since. It seems to have fixed itself. I had another Win7 computer do the same thing but in a shorter time. It stopped seeing network computers/NAS boxes but in a few days fixed itself and has been working fine ever since.
    • Edited by buck351 Friday, October 28, 2011 1:07 PM
    Friday, October 28, 2011 1:03 PM
  • thanks man. this did it for me after trying vitrually every other suggestion in this thread. Strange thing is, i cant think of a thing i did to cause this to be changed in the first place. i was just cruisin along happy as a lark one day, took a trip on the road where i connected via blackberry desktop with Tmobile service (which i have done numerous times before without incident) and came home not able to connect to my home "workgroup". Took me two days to find and try your solution, but presto, it worked. Thanks again.
    Friday, November 04, 2011 11:06 AM
  • My new laptop came with McAfee firewall turned on, and I went through all the same problems of tweaking dozens of variables and registry entries to no avail. In the end, by turning off the firewall, the network returned to full functionality. One of the ways to enable networking while keeping McAfee firewall (MAFW) on is to access its menu and: 1. select firewall 2. click on settings 3. click 'ports and system services' 4. in the menu list that appears underneath, tick as many services as you think you will need, and MAFW will give greenlight to your networking traffic (I believe the Netbios lines would suffice, but I ticked all of them) good luck!
    Wednesday, November 09, 2011 6:28 AM
  • I like many here spent a lot on time this.  Please read the thread there is a lot stuff here.

    In short if your workgroup has both Windows 7 and Windows XP, it may or may not work.  I tried dozens of things and getting workgroup to work doesn't work for me.

    It occurred what I wanted was to be able to transfer files from one computer to another and not the 'workgroup' functionality.  The Map Drive functionality works A LOT easier and fulfilled my requirements.  I am offering this as a possible alternative for people in a mixed Windows network.

    Saturday, November 26, 2011 10:05 AM
  • If everything else fails, try this.... > Bootup up one by one those computers running oldest Windows first. Say start those running Win 95... then followed by win 98... then XP...then ME then Vista...finally Win 7. Its the Microsoft Thing If this doesnt work.. Set all Computers to their own Unique IPs in the network, so each computer can finding each other easier rather than rely on "automtic search" on the network. I find this approach much better. I have 30 pcs all running on several platforms and they works fine. Hope this helps. Philip Goh
    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:25 PM
  • Hello,

    i went through the whole topic ..

    did all of the steps still cant see my win XP via Win 7 laptop or vice versa..

    just to mention, the network worked great for 5 days since i got the new win 7 laptop and created the network.. i transferred around 60 GB of data on it.. the suddenly yesterday i could not see the PCs.. the only thing i changed that could affect this was to uninstall the default mcaffe security..i was using comodo the whole time it worked anyway.. so i have both PCs in the work network ID mode, same group name, they both have their pc name.. tried the ip6 thing, tried using only win firewall... renaming and quickly changing back work groups..nothing... ... rebooted .... chose the WORK option in win 7 for type of network... still nothing.. wasted 2 days reading different forums etc... its ridiculous..

    please if some one can help.. thanks..it worked fine 2 days ago..and dont have a system restore point older than today...

     

    thanks

    Wednesday, December 07, 2011 8:59 PM
  • Hello,

    i went through the whole topic ..

    did all of the steps still cant see my win XP via Win 7 laptop or vice versa..

    just to mention, the network worked great for 5 days since i got the new win 7 laptop and created the network.. i transferred around 60 GB of data on it.. the suddenly yesterday i could not see the PCs.. the only thing i changed that could affect this was to uninstall the default mcaffe security..i was using comodo the whole time it worked anyway.. so i have both PCs in the work network ID mode, same group name, they both have their pc name.. tried the ip6 thing, tried using only win firewall... renaming and quickly changing back work groups..nothing... ... rebooted .... chose the WORK option in win 7 for type of network... still nothing.. wasted 2 days reading different forums etc... its ridiculous..

    please if some one can help.. thanks..it worked fine 2 days ago..and dont have a system restore point older than today...

     

    thanks

    fell stupid.. just tried restarting my router... seems to work... freaking BT..

    previous ISPs i never had these issues with.

     

    thanks all

    • Proposed as answer by sifuas Friday, January 20, 2012 1:15 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by sifuas Friday, January 20, 2012 1:21 AM
    Wednesday, December 07, 2011 10:18 PM
  • I went through a ton of old threads just like this one before I found a solution.

    My firewall showed that it was OFF but I still could not connect to the machine.
    I clicked "Use Recommended Settings".  Instead of allowing it to turn on I selected "Turn off Windows Firewalls" on the private and public networks.  Do not allow windows to turn the firewall back on, let it turn it self off again even though it already reads "off".

    This basically reset my firewall and I was suddenly able to connect to the troublesome machine from other computers.

    Hopefully that will help others with similar problems.  Yet again, a firewall was the issue.

    Friday, January 20, 2012 1:28 AM
  • I had a similar problem. My client's windows 7 laptop could not see Vista computer or attached printer. Search for printer or PC was not found. Trying to connect via \\pcname\printer-name gave not found. Fix was completely unexpected. I found the settings in the Cisco E2000 wireless were set to Clone PC's mac address. I selected Disabled under settings / mac address clone and problem was resolved. It also resolved weird print error messages about print driver needs installed every time I booted print server (Vista) PC. Even though it successfully installed each time PC started. There are many issues with Windows 7 networking. This is one of the fixes for a special condition. This Windows 7 laptop worked fine for 4 months and then this happened. It may help some of you.
    SUCROMATIC
    • Proposed as answer by SUCROMATIC Saturday, January 21, 2012 7:59 PM
    Saturday, January 21, 2012 7:59 PM
  • I've spent hours doing the above steps, I learned all the keyboard shorcuts, and could change all settings within minutes towards the end, thats how fast I became in the end, but had no luck (all machines could see the internet but not each other)....until I re-read the first step, lol.

    For me it was simply restarting the switch:-)

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:52 AM
  • Howzit Folks?

    I have the same problem as WNxSpike and have Network Discovery enabled but still can't see Workgroup computers. Do I need to make any changes to the firewall?

    BTW, I'm using Windows 7 RC1.

    Any help appreciated.

    Cheers
    Bruce

    We too had all the problems listed in this thread.
    The issue started when I reported slow transfer rates top our support personnel when copying data from one computer to another.  We tried swapping Ethernet cables and I believe switched to the other 2nd port on the back of the PC. We then lost everything and had all the problems listed in this thread which we read from one end to the other, along with a heap of other threads elsewhere.  We eventually found a tip that resolved our issue which I thought I would share in this one.  Somehow the adapter settings had lost the "Client for Microsoft Networks".  We re-established that one simple thing and of course everything went back to normal.
    How we lost this is beyond our understanding.
    I guess he message is, try the obvious first.
    Hope this helps someone else.




    finally!!! this is it bro this is what worked for me. after trying every single one of the suggestions, enabling the "client for microsoft network" option did the trick.those intrested on knowing how - jus go to network properties and click install and select "client for microsoft network" from the list also install file & print sharing protocol. I can now share my win 7 pc files & printer with the other xp pcs on the network. also rember to follow the basic suggestions of advance network sharing options mention in this thread. really helpful post.thanks everyone.
    Sunday, February 12, 2012 6:02 PM
  • What Lee Binder posted is the BEST information on this subject in this whole discussion, it should be voted as the "answer".

    I had a functioning, working, network connection to the rest of the WinXP computers on my network at work, I had could view the computers, connect with login credentials, and transfer files no problem. One day I couldn't view any of them.

    I checked network discovery, tried the 'changing the workgroup name and switching it back' trick, turned off IPv6, used ipconfig to reset dns, and restarted multiple times to check if the problem still existed. It did.

    It seems like everyone here was having trouble getting initial connectivity up. I already knew I had a connection that was working, I just needed a way to troubleshoot it to see what broke.

    All I needed was to just scroll down a little bit more, and there's his guide. I tried the FIRST item in his guide and restarted all of the routers/hubs in our office with exception to our server room switch, and it WORKED! Thank you Lee, you provided what dozens of others who posted above could not. It deserves to be posted at the top as the "answer" so others can find it easily, and don't have to scroll through lines of reply's and discouragement until they decide to go looking elsewhere (as I did). I'm saving this as a word doc for future troubleshooting.

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:52 PM
  • As chuck3 and others have found, if you've gone through all the configuration settings for xp and 7 and still no joy, you may just need to change the workgroup name on all pcs to something else, even though they're already the same. This seems to allow the computers to all see themselves and each other again.

    In my situation, my win 7 pc could only see itself when looking at workgroup computers. the xp machine sometimes couldn't even see itself!  No computers were listed under the workgroup name on the xp box. Just changing both computer workgroup names to mshome fixed it.

    I have had other situations where rebooting the router solved the same apparent issue, and certainly all the other configuration settings need to be right, but changing the workgroup name has to be on your checklist. The other things I tried today included adding the ipv6 and nwlink/ipx/spx netbios protocols to the xp machine. On win 7, I turned off password protected sharing and turned off homegroup. No idea if those helped, as nothing seemed any different until changing the *$%@ing homegoup name.

    • Proposed as answer by yearn2burn Sunday, March 25, 2012 4:53 PM
    Sunday, March 25, 2012 4:52 PM
  • This suggestion by JBSHMA is the only thing that worked for me...

    I had 4 machines connected and all working, win7,  Vista, and 2 XP.

    Then one morning, after one of those long updates the night before to the Win7 machine, the Win 7 computer could no longer see any other computers in the workgroup and while the others could detect the presence of the Win7 computer they couldn't browse.  I tried every other suggestion here but this was the only thing that worked !!!!! THANK YOU !!!!!!

    What a frustration.

    Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:49 PM
  • I manage to fix my "Win7" only can see other win 7 on my network.

    Maybe somebody have same problem with me, which I never realize that my network problem came from "non-PC terminal", and its derive from My Playbook every time connected to my network with file sharring turning "on". Somehow BB Playbook claim as masterbrowser, which I got it from other forum. Since I change BB Plabook workgroup name to a different name from other PC, Problem solves. Now all my win7/imac/media player/ playbook/ etc can see each others.  

    It can also happen to other device in your net-work aside from playbook. At lease this open my eye to search forum for each device connected, not only PC Forum.

    Hope this helps.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 8:46 PM
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    Thursday, May 10, 2012 11:45 AM
  • Win7 computer would not see all XP computers in view workgroup computers, specifically one of them. I discovered that the computer name and the computer description were the same (Jimmy). I changed the computer description to Jimmy-PC and Win7 had no problem in discovering the computer in the workgroup area.
    Saturday, May 26, 2012 2:46 PM
  • I went through a ton of old threads just like this one before I found a solution.

    My firewall showed that it was OFF but I still could not connect to the machine.
    I clicked "Use Recommended Settings".  Instead of allowing it to turn on I selected "Turn off Windows Firewalls" on the private and public networks.  Do not allow windows to turn the firewall back on, let it turn it self off again even though it already reads "off".

    This basically reset my firewall and I was suddenly able to connect to the troublesome machine from other computers.

    Hopefully that will help others with similar problems.  Yet again, a firewall was the issue.

    Same problem here, mixed network of XP, Vista, Win7, Mac OS and Unix workstations

    I have just built up 9 new Dell workstations with Win7 Pro and they could only see each other

    Tried everything on this thread

    I eventually tracked down my answer

    Go To > Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall > Advanced Settings

    In the Centre Panel Click on Windows Firewall Properties

    Under the Domain Profile, I turned the Firewall State to Off

    As we say in the UK - Job's a Carrot!!!

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:28 PM
  • I had this prob (seeing hosts but unable to open shares) a while back with Vista -> XP and W7 -> XP connections. 

    on W7/VISTA go to NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER > ADVANCED SHARING SETTINGS ;

    -Section: Public Folder sharing=

    -TURN ON SHARING SO ANYONE.....

    -Section: Password protected sharing=

    -select TURN OFF PASSWORD PROTECTED SHARING (this should default to your group policy on the host mac and still prompt for PWs when connecting to shares)


    -also try in Section: File Sharing Connections=

    -select ENABLE FILE SHARING...40- or 56-bit ENCRYPTION

    quick test by opening Run.. (WINKEY+R) and input;

    \\servername or IP\SHARENAME

    the click OK. this should open the share (or prompt for UN:PW then open share).

    NOTE: Shares do not require WORKGROUP at all to function so no need to futs with those settings. You can use shares on any workgroup/domain as long as you have a TCP/IP connection. Even when using servername you only need to have Client for MS networks and NetBIOS.  WROKGROUPS or for MS specific functions like NET (eg. NET VIEW). File sharing is universal networking operation.



    Saturday, July 07, 2012 10:25 AM
  • I've just fixed a problem for a customer whose PC could see but couldn't access other PCs on a workgroup but was successfully sharing files itself.  I tried most of the suggestions here to no avail.

    It turned out the 'TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper' service had been switched to 'Manual' when it needed to be 'Automatic'.  Setting it to 'Automatic' and starting the service fixed the problem straight away.  

    I hope that might be of help to somebody.


    Steve

    • Proposed as answer by jkknindBanned Friday, August 10, 2012 7:28 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by jkknindBanned Friday, August 10, 2012 7:28 PM
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:11 PM
  • Hey all!

    I was having the same problem. Here's how I fixed it.

    START>Right Click on COMPUTER and select Properties.
    Click on ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS on the left.
    Click on the COMPUTER NAME tab.

    My Computer Description was blank. I added a computer description, clicked OK - then refreshed the Network folder and Wah-Lah! All of the workstations appeared.

    Hope this helps!
    Spot On JenMladucky This did the trick just fine. Thanks and keep up the excellent work
    • Proposed as answer by Nedal0 Thursday, August 30, 2012 8:17 PM
    Thursday, August 30, 2012 8:17 PM
  • I have had computer names and full descriptions and workgroup defined ever since I switched to 7 and still have NOT been able to get all 3 of my computers, a Dell xps8300 circa 2011, Dell Inspiron mini1012 circa 2010, and flagship XPS15-L521 Laptop CIRCA AUG 2012 (just kidding the desktop is really the flagship).

    I have spent countless hours going back to when I just the mini and 8300 and a small fortune signing up with every Dell trick to part me from money and still DO NOT have an answer. I even paid MS their $105 to have one of the online reps take a look at it still don't work.

    I can get the either the XPS15 to see the mini and 8300 libraries and files but then the 8300 can't see the either laptops files or will just see one of the laptop files or the whole thing will mysteriously reverse with the 8300 being abel to the laptops but the laptops not seeing the 8300.

    Home networking was so much better with XP. One of the Dell techs suggested I just type in the ip address of the computer's files I want to see into the Start search box everytime I turn on one of the laptops.

    I am not asking for a solution just spreading a fact; WINDOWS 7 HOMEGROUP IS A QUALIFIED FAILURE!


    George Givens Jr



    • Edited by gegjr Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:41 AM
    Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:29 AM
  • I've just fixed a problem for a customer whose PC could see but couldn't access other PCs on a workgroup but was successfully sharing files itself.  I tried most of the suggestions here to no avail.

    It turned out the 'TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper' service had been switched to 'Manual' when it needed to be 'Automatic'.  Setting it to 'Automatic' and starting the service fixed the problem straight away.  

    I hope that might be of help to somebody.


    Steve


    Steve, I have suspected something like this or the permissions. I actually went out to my RG (I have AT&T ISP and 2wire RG) and turned on netBios. I didn't know there was service for it too. I begged one of the Dell techs to open up the services compare line by line. So pray tell, which machine had the issue the one that could see the files or the one whose files couldn't be seen?

    George Givens Jr

    Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:44 AM
  • I've just fixed a problem for a customer whose PC could see but couldn't access other PCs on a workgroup but was successfully sharing files itself.  I tried most of the suggestions here to no avail.

    It turned out the 'TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper' service had been switched to 'Manual' when it needed to be 'Automatic'.  Setting it to 'Automatic' and starting the service fixed the problem straight away.  

    I hope that might be of help to somebody.


    Steve


    Steve, I have suspected something like this or the permissions. I actually went out to my RG (I have AT&T ISP and 2wire RG) and turned on netBios. I didn't know there was service for it too. I begged one of the Dell techs to open up the services compare line by line. So pray tell, which machine had the issue the one that could see the files or the one whose files couldn't be seen?

    George Givens Jr


    Steve it's a mute point. Made sure al PCs have 'TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper' service set to automatic. It didn't diddly squat. Thanks for giving me some hope.

    George Givens Jr

    Saturday, September 15, 2012 1:07 AM
  • will you please give instructions on how to change from NAT to BRIDGED in W7?
    Saturday, September 22, 2012 3:19 AM
  • Huh? Are you talking to me?

    George Givens Jr

    Monday, September 24, 2012 5:30 AM
  • Nope, you are just lucky. It is a Windows 7 problem.
    Wednesday, October 17, 2012 8:08 PM
  • Solved it. Tried pretty much everything and nothing helped IT WAS MY ROUTER THAT NEEDED TO BE REBOOTED.

    My original situation
    For me, everything was running super smooth. one day my hard drive crashed. did a full reinstall of windows.  after opening up Network icon, I noticed none of my other computers were showing up, though all of those computers could see THIS computer on the network.  perhaps the router memorized my wireless settings from before the crash, and that was conflicting with my settings after the crash.
    no home group selected.
    other computers running vista
    crashed computer using windows 7

    good luck

    Thursday, November 01, 2012 4:22 AM
  • That did it for me!

    I've been fighting this for two weeks, and it's just that simple!

    I filled in the Computer Description, and everything just came up, doesn't even require a reboot as in renaming a workgroup.

    This needs to move to the top of the list -- Computer Description mandatory in Windows 7.

    Certainly will change my future habits in setting up, regardless of OS -- no more boxes left blank.

    Thanks

    • Proposed as answer by hughc63 Saturday, December 15, 2012 5:37 PM
    Saturday, December 15, 2012 5:37 PM
  • Finally!!!!

    - Activate  ipv6
    - Activate  Ipv4 / advance TCP/IP / WINS / Enable NetBios over TCP-IP
    - Deactive all virtual network conections (VirtualBox, VMWare)
      (This is a problem with homegroup permisions, only work with home conections)

    - Delete actual homegroup.

    - Add homegroup detected by windows automatically from another PC, find the password before into the other homegroup PC.

    :D

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:19 PM
  • just change the workgroup name back and forth and walla,  it seems so easy, first off thats the stupidest thing ive ever heard of to fix a windows networking issue, and second, the problem reappears teh first time you reboot.

    The core problem is far deeper than simply changing names back adn forth, and thats really no solution at all, its a patch, i prefer not to have to do to 5 machines every time i turn around or reboot

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:31 PM
  • NO!!!! THATS NOT ALL THERE IS TO IT!!! !PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SAY THAT THEY TRIED THAT STUPID SHIZIT, AND IT DIDNT WORK!!! AND EVEN IF IT DID, HAVING TO DO THAT EVERY TIME YOU REBOOT IS GARBAGE!!! AND STOP INSULTING PEOPLE BY CALLING IT SIMPLE!!! AND TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK!!!
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 3:37 AM
  • If you read enough, you will see that that doesnt always work.  And even if it does, the computers tend to lose connection after a few days or a reboot.  Not a real fix.
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 3:44 AM
  • I think for Microsoft, this must be really embarrassing for them. I mean, really, is Windows ready for networking??? Gosh No......why would anyone want to network PC together. What a novel idea. So Windows 7 comes along and everything to do with networking and discovery is turned off by default. Who is the ignoramus that figured that out?? Doen't MS want Win7/Win8 in everyones Domain/Environment?? I thought that was the whole idea??

    Yet we have to bounce around as MS suggests to try this and that in order to manipulate it to work. I doubt that most home users wouldn't be able to know what to do. As an ITAdmin, this becomes a huge waste of valuable time.

    Win Xp just "worked" in so many ways. I cannot begin to count the hours I have wasted getting Win7 to play nice. And FORGET Win8, that abortion will never happen in this Domain EVER!!. Another one of their programming nightmares that make everything that was simple, almost impossible.

    So here is the real answer>>  Buy a Mac, connect it to your network, watch as it finds EVERYTHING around you, and all without jumping through a zillion redundant articles and workarounds from this infuriating company.

    One thing they do BETTER than anyone...is keep me employed, because Windows WILL crash/freeze/BSOD/ or otherwise fail for no apparent reasons.

    Good stuff MS...keep it up. We are all right behind you......NOT

    Also, don't know why my font chafed mid stream into this post. Ohhhh sorry...its MS!! Nuff Said!

    MS should just give there Desktop OS away for FREE. Paying for this frustration just does not make any sense at all. Sure...lets all pay over $100 so we can pull our hair out.

    I'm in....

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 8:45 PM
  • I guess you are trying to see select XP computers in a workgroup. I assume you have already configured your Windows7 PCas a part of workgroup and not MSHOME or HOMEGROUP. I am also assuming  you have enabled file sharing. If not do it. Share the drive/ folder you want to view on the win 7 computer. . Make sure TCPIP is  enabled on win 7 machine and TCPIP is enabled on the XP machine

    Go to the XP PC you are trying to connect and find its IP address. ( run cmd, type IP config..write down the IP address. It will be something like 192.168.1.XX)

    To connect this XP  to the win 7 machine, right mouse click on "computer" in the start menu and select map network drive. Assign a drive letter to the XP computer..Eg Y

    Then in the box below type //IP address of the XP machine and select browse. Make sure you have also selected re-connect on log on.

    You will have really fast access to that networked PC. Do the same with other XP, Linix  or Windows 2000 machines. If Linux you must enable samba.

    This is a fail safe an proper method of getting around he pesky and annoying connectivity problems of Windows 7 and 8 with previous versions of Windows. .


    Sunday, September 21, 2014 3:32 AM