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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
It at anytime you're having issues with displaying your HomeGroup, maybe it's not a appearing on other computers, or maybe your having difficulty connecting, there may be a solution, through one of the troubleshooting options here in the Control panel, and that's what we are going to explore right now. You can see I have opened up Control panel, and I am going to go to Network and Internet. Now if you don't have any issues, there won't be anything to troubleshoot, but I have unplugged my Ethernet cable. So here from Network and Internet, I am going to go to HomeGroup, because this is the problem I'm having, I can't seem to connect to my HomeGroup, I can't join in.
And you can see when I go to HomeGroup here, the screen has changed. It belongs to a HomeGroup but it's not available because you are not connected to the home network. Why am I not connected? Well, I could try to Connect to an existing network. I have tried that it doesn't work. But you'll notice down at the bottom, I have the ability to start the HomeGroup Troubleshooter, and when I click that link, you can see the HomeGroup window opens up. Troubleshoot and help prevent computer problems, and down below home group is what's selected. Down below there is a link to Advanced as well.
I just want you to click that link to see that there's a checkbox here that will automatically repair issues if they're found. So we'll keep that checked and then choose Next. So now it's busy detecting problems, and the first message you are going to see is that sometimes when there are HomeGroup problems they are network-related. And it's recommended that we troubleshoot the network problems before we continue. Two options include troubleshooting the network or skipping the step altogether. So if you're pretty sure your network is fine, it's got to do with HomeGroup you can skip. But we are not sure, so we'll Troubleshoot network problems.
And you can see what's happened. This has actually opened up a second window. So all we have to do is read what's going on, in this case it appears an Ethernet cable is not plugged into this computer. So we go and check our connection, and I am going to do that right now. I am going to plug it back in, and now with my Ethernet cable plugged back in, you can see the options down below. Check to see if it's fixed or skip this step. Well I am going to check to see if this fixes the problem. Now remember this is the second window that's opened up. And it relates to Windows Network Diagnostics.
This is not our HomeGroup diagnostics. So it's verifying that the network configuration problem is resolved, and if I move this slightly over to the right you can see actually something has happened in the background in Control panel under HomeGroup. It appears that I have got all of settings back, and I am able to view the HomeGroup itself. So it appears to have fixed the problem. You can see it's still analyzing and running diagnostics on my network, detecting additional problems. In this case, everything seems to be fine in the background.
It says Troubleshooting was unable to automatically fix all of the issues found, and there is more details down below. Network cable not probably plugged-in or maybe broken out. It's still busy. Remember we got that other window running in the background. So we can close this one up and you can see it's detecting problems waiting for network diagnostics to complete. When we close that up, it's completed. Now it's checking HomeGroup security. Solutions were applied is the problem fixed. Well if we move this out of the way, sure enough, yeah we've got our HomeGroup in the background.
Yes the problem is fixed. When we select that, you can see that our HomeGroup information needs to be refreshed. That was the problem. After the network diagnostics that was fixed, I can see my green checkmark. So I can close the Troubleshooter. If there are any other issues I can Explore additional options. But everything is fine so I am going to click Close. It takes me back to my HomeGroup. Now because the screen is changed I now have access to my Libraries and Printers, some of the options I checked or unchecked, and down at the bottom under Other HomeGroup actions, I still have the ability to start the HomeGroup troubleshooter from here, but I am done. I am going to click Cancel, close up Control panel and that's how we troubleshoot our network, as well as any HomeGroup issues you may be having.
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