Error 1608: The dependency service or group failed to start?

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lexris

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Hello everyone! I finally got a new laptop after almost a year of struggling with my old one. I've had experience with using homegroup in the past and was thinking maybe I could access some of my files on my old laptop through that so I don't have to go through the trouble of manually tansferring everything via flash drive and what not.
I seem to be running into a problem though, my old laptop seems to be in its own homegroup I guess. Whenever I try to leave it, it says "windows cannot remove the computer from the homegroup". I researched the problem, and used the troubleshooter which said that the homegroup provider service wasn't started and it couldn't be fixed automatically. I tried restarting starting the service but got that error 1608 thing. To bypass this I've tried joining whichever group my old laptop is in, but it can't seem to be found even though the two are both on the same wifi/network. What can I do?
Thanks in advance!
If it matters, the new laptop is windows 8 and the one I'm having trouble with is windows 7.
 

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I would just enable file and printer sharing on the Windows 7, share whatever folders are desired, and forget about Homegroups. (Easy for me to say; I've never used Homegroups except for a test or two.)
 

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Thanks for replying! Sorry for sounding stupid, I'm computer illiterate, but how do I do that?
 

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On the old system:

Click on the network icon in the Notification Area (right side of Taskbar) - Open Network and Sharing Center - Change Advanced sharing settings - Home or Work - see attachment plus later on that same page select 'Turn off password protected sharing.' Then either copy files into the Public folder or else for each folder you want to share right click on the folder - Properties - Sharing tab - Share... - share with 'Everyone.'

On the new system:

(Hope this is correct; I'm not on Windows 8 now so can't check.)

In the File Explorer (Windows Explorer in previous Windows) click on Network in the Navigation Pane (should be near or at the bottom of the list) - double click on the Windows 7 machine's icon - you should now see folders that you can copy or from which you can copy contents.
 

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Thanks so much for your help! I followed your instructions and I'm 99% sure I did it right since it was pretty simple but for whatever reason I'm still having problems :(.
I followed your directions in the network and sharing center on the old computer, got to the page where I could change the settings but after I changed them they went right back to the were they were already set. At first I thought maybe I hit cancel instead of save changes, so I did it again, and it did the same thing. What's going on?
 

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Possibly some security application is preventing the changes. But in view of the problems you have with Homegroups maybe the system is just really messed up. If it's the latter I do not know how to trouble shoot or fix it.
 
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