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Windows 7 Homegroup versus Workgroup...?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Gemo, Aug 21, 2011.

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  1. Gemo

    Gemo Thread Starter

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    Although I know my way around XP pretty well, I'm still working to get up to speed on Win 7.

    I have a couple of PC's at home running XP and a new notebook running '7' - so my I'm trying to get the Win7 machine on my home network...

    No problem with the new notebook accessing the wi-fi router and Internet etc but I want to able to connect over the LAN the notebook to my XP machines...

    Win 7 set up a "Homegroup" with a crazy (something like... 3F7dR4zu3...) password but I want to get the notebook connected to my "XP" workgroup (let's call it ABC).

    So on the Win7 PC I set up (can't remember how I did it...) a workgroup called ABC and I can see the notebook on my LAN but when I try to connect to it, it asks for a password and I don't know what p/w to use. I tried " 3F7dR4zu3..." but that didn't work...

    How do I figure out what the password should be?
     
  2. TerryNet

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    It would be the password for whatever user account on the Windows 7 machine that you are trying to use to gain access. You may want to turn password protected sharing off.
     
  3. Gemo

    Gemo Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply TerryNet.

    As I was playing around setting up this new notebook I was using the Administrator account, without a password...
    So in that case there was no password - and I did try to connect w/o using a p/w but that didn't work.

    My daughter also has an account on that notebook and she has it passworded - so should I have used her p/w...?

    Also - Need to read up on turning off password protection (but that sounds a little dangerous)...
     
  4. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

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    That's the way I understand it. See attached.
     

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