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Windows 7 Homegroup - Network Issue

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I have two PCs set up as a home group, PC-A and PC-B.  PC-B appears on th PC-A network map, but Windows network cannot access PC-bA cannot see PC-B.  PC-A appears twice on the PC-B network map, once by a solid line and once by a dotted line.  PC-B can access the files on PC-A.  What should I do resolve this?
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by:Thomas Grassi
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Open Network and sharing Center

Make sure Turn on Network Discovery is on

Make sure Turn on File and Print Sharing is on
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by:Kash
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i take it both PCs have been named differently .

i would re-do the homegroup >>> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/home-sweet-homegroup-networking-the-easy-way
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by:wardrichard9411
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I checked the settings and redid the homegroup, but the result is the same.   The name of PC-B appears under home group and under network,  If I try to access via network Windows says it cannot access PC-B.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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check services for computer browser is on started disabled ????

should be set to manual and started
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by:jerseysam
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Ensure Uac is off on pc-b.

Also check firewall and any antivirus/Internet security programme on pc-b.

File sharing enabled on both pcs. Network discovery on both pcs.

Share pc-b c driv with the everyone permission set
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by:wardrichard9411
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Yes, the computer browser service is manual and started
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by:wardrichard9411
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First, thanks to all of you for your suggestions.  I've done what you suggested but the problem remains.  I removed both machines from the home group.  
Now both machines list both machines under the network tab in Windows Explorer.  On PC-B I can access all the files on PC-A.  When I try to access B from PC-A I get
error code 0x80070035  The network path was not found.
Running the diagnostic gives the message "Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (PB-B) is not responding.

Any further things I can try?   (By the way, this did all work a few months ago.)
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by:Thomas Grassi
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How do you have the shares defined?

do you share with Home Group  Home group R/W or with specific people?
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by:wardrichard9411
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On boyh machines the share items are available to read, write.  At this moment I have no home group defined.  I get the same problem with or without a home group.  The share is with anyone on the local network.
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Thomas Grassi earned 305 total points
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In your windows 7 firewall

Is file and printer sharing checked?

Is home/work (private) checked?

Check both computers
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by:wardrichard9411
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The root of the problem was the way the in-house network was defined in the Kaspersky firewall.  Once it was made 'trusted' at both ends, the files were all accessible.
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