Homegroup problems on Windows 10

Windows 8.1

Asked by: fritoPendejo

HomeGroup works fine when all computers are setup at the same time.  Unfortunately, I had to reinstall Windows 10 on one machine which messed up everything.  I've gone back through and removed the original HomeGroup from the other two computers and after some work managed to get HomeGroup back on two.  The third is being a problem:

It seems to locate HomeGroup and asks if I'd like to join.  It says "Verifying Password" (wait an eternity), then asks for the password.  I type the password and wait again for an extraordinarily long time to receive the message "Windows doesn't find a HomeGroup on this network".  One is already created and running well on two other machines on the same network.

Anyone have a solution?  Fortunately, this is my field laptop but it would make my life easier to have access.

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Power off all 3 - restart one only and leave the homegroup - power off - repeat for each in turn.

How to Create a Homegroup in Windows 10 Quick and Easy

HomeGroup from start to finish (also how to leave a Home Group)

Are you running any 3rd party antivirus/security programs? If so uninstall those and
use Windows Defender which in Win 8/8/1 is a full antivirus.

Be sure you have the latest firmware for your router (even if other computers are
working well) and the latest network drivers.

Try both a wired and wireless connection. Of course update both drivers (see last
section below). If using a wire now be sure to check cabling./

All computers need to have unique names.

All computers need to have the same time and date.

Some antivirus/security programs can block or cause networking issues. Disabling a
3rd party antivirus/security program may not be sufficient. You may need to uninstall
it and then run the maker's Removal Tool to prevent trouble causing remnants. Use
MSE (7) or Windows Defender (8/81.&10) while testing or permanently.

Your router and all computers must be IPv6 capable (hardware, firmware, and drivers)
to use HomeGroup. Check the System Maker (Motherboard Maker for custom systems)
or the actual device makers' sites for update network drivers. Also check the router
maker's site for updated firmware. Check their support and ask in their forums for any
known issues.  (Run the Home Group troubleshooter to enable IPv6.)


Try actually updating your drivers :

Control Panel - Network - write down make and model of Wifi - double click on it - driver's tab - write down version - click Update Driver (may not do anything as MS is far behind certifying drivers). Then Right Click on Wifi Device and UNINSTALL - Reboot - this will refresh the driver stack.

Then check the System/Motherboard Maker's Site and that of the actual device maker (such as Intel, RealTek, Broadcom, or Atheros) for even newer drivers.

Manually look at manufacturer's sites for drivers - and Device Maker's sites.

Download - SAVE - go to where you put it - Right Click - RUN AS ADMIN.

You can download several at once however reboot after you install each one.

After looking at the System Maker's you can check Device Maker's for even
newer versions. (The ones from System maker become your fallbacks).

Repeat for the NIC/Wired Network drivers.

Windows 10 - Help & Support

Windows - 10  - Search Support

Hope this helps.
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