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Windows 10 home group broke all mapped drives

Have a client with 4 Windows 10 computers, which were successfully working on a private network with mapped drives.  Each user had a specific username and password, and could access without issue what they were allowed to.  Now against my recommendations, they have enabled the Home group to share additional files (Pictures).  Now the mapped drive shows an authentication error and is no longer accessible.  Restarted all computers, and no change.  They will not disable the home group and do the file sharing properly.  What options do I have?
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Jason Johanknecht
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to decide between Home Group and generic sharing. The two are different and do not co-exist well or at all.

On each computer, in Control Panel, Home Group, turn Home Group OFF and restart each one.
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Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
That is what I told them.  I think of Homegroup as idiot networking, and never recommend anyone use it.  For home file sharing, that is a different story.  Just wanted to get someone else's take on the situation, and I'm glad it was you John.  Someone I trust and value your opinion.

They have decided to go with the home group and let everyone have access for the time being.  Thanks again for you input.
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Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Now, one of the computers will not work on the homegroup.  "Homegroup is not ready yet".  I cannot find anything relating to this on the internet at all!
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Make sure Home Group is OFF on ALL computers and make sure in Control Panel that Home Group is not set to run.

Go to Network and Sharing Center, Private Network and change (further down) to "Use user accounts and password" which deselects Home Group.

Do this for each computer, shut down, start up and then look in Services to ensure Home Group services are not running.
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Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
They only want to use the Homegroup though.  I have removed any file sharing that I had setup for them including mapped drives.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Then change the Network and Sharing center from User Accounts to Home Group. Then select one computer to own the Home Group and set that up in Control Panel.  Leave this computer running.

Then restart the other computers and join the Home Group.
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Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Customer chose the homegroup, and restarting all of the computers resolved the not yet ready problem.
The best advise here is to avoid the Homegroup though, as you have little control and troubleshooting.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks and I was happy to help you.
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