created homegroup and now it's gone

I had setup a homegroup with 4 win 7 pro computers.  I shared out 1 folder on one of the computers and gave access to everyone.   I sent the computers to another office and now the homegroup is gone.  It says "would you like to setup a homegroup."  Do I have to start over and create another homegroup?
mkramer777Asked:
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mkramer777Author Commented:
1st screenshot is of the computer that I shared the folder out on.  It shows that I am in a homegroup.  The 2nd computer is one I want to join the homegroup but cannot.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Just remove the Homegroups on all computers, restart all computers, set up the first one to establish a Homegroup and then join the others. Nothing lost and this is the easiest way to correct any issues. I have done this
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mkramer777Author Commented:
Did that up to the point of joining others to the homegroup.  I created the homegroup on the PC I want to share out the folder.  Then I went to the other computer and all I see is create a homegroup not join.  Am I missing something?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also make sure the computers at the other office did not go on a Domain as Homegroup won't work on a Domain
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to go through the steps at the new location. Make sure Workgroup is the same as it was before sending the machines. Make sure there is no other active Homegroup at the new location. Review advanced network sharing options (where Homegroup lives)
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mkramer777Author Commented:
why on a home group can I not use the ip address to connect to the computer with the shared folder?  I have to use the full comuter name.  Is this a DNS issue?  Thinsg by the way are working now.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
now that I have joined the workgroup is there a way that it might lose this setting?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Homegroup does not use regular mappings as Homegroup is using a secured sharing method to share public folders not otherwise accessible. You cannot combine Homegroup with traditional networking
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can create, delete, and recreate a Homegroup at will . But you cannot combine it with other traditional networks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you and good luck with the Homegroup.
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