How to see an existing network (Workgroup) under Win 7 Pro

February 22, 2012 at 08:31:48
Specs: Windows 7, I7 / 16gB
I am attempting to connect to an existing workgroup under windows 7 professional. My system does not pick up the sewcure network (workgroup) at all. The network has storage as well as printers on it that require connecting to. I have attempted to map a network drive and have also tried to display the entire network, however I get a message that states " Windows canot create the network map. Responses from other devices on the network are delayed or there is an incompatible router on the network". This I cannot understand as we have 7 laptops connected wirelessly amd three desktops connected by wire. I have a feeling that the problem is security originated - Does anyone know of a workaround?

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#1
February 22, 2012 at 10:06:32
If you think the problem is security, have you checked the firewalls?

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#2
February 22, 2012 at 10:23:36
If you have a mixture of different Windows versions you may want to check the name of the workgroup. I may not be called "workgroup".

Are you able to connect to the internet? Is your internet connection through the same modem and routers as the network?

I am not sure about this but the issue may be the number of computers in the network. There was a limit of 10 computers in a workgroup in WinXP if I am not mistaken.

Have you tried going to Control panel> Network and sharing center?


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#3
February 22, 2012 at 16:25:34
You did not state if this is a pier to pier network or a server network. A server network will require a network log in to be set up on the computer and the computer's ID to included on the server's lists to access network resources.
As stated, with a pier to pier network your workgroup will need to be the same on all machines.

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#4
February 22, 2012 at 23:01:37
Yep, I have even gone to the extent of switching off all security including antivirus software (kaspersky).

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#5
February 22, 2012 at 23:06:20
Arfie

You responded to #1 above but not to #2 or #3. For proper help you need to answer all questions.


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#6
February 22, 2012 at 23:17:06
The workgroup is certainly specified and network key secured. When I connect my system to the network via cable, I am able to access the Internet as well as certain of the computers on the network. Everything is connected through a DSL router and gigabit switch. All systems are running gigabit netcards.

We have a NAS drive on the network for purposes of centralized and shared storage. I can see the NAS drive without being logged on to the named network and access the NAS drives setup page, even though I am not connected to the secure network (not through a server). This in itself is a little alarming, which would indicate that there is a bypass into our storage unit, without first logging in.

We have a second network drive, that being a Siemens storage bird also networked and identified on the network. This drive can simply not be seen at all unless you are logged into the network.

This is driving me crazy as whatever I do just falls flat. I have been through the route of changing the network nume going though control panel/system /advanced setup/computer name and workgoup name (No domain). It accepts changes, I reboot and afterwards there is no change. Very frustrating.


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#7
February 22, 2012 at 23:21:10
only one of the systems are running vista, all other systems are running windows 7 - a mixture of windows 7 home and professional. Some are 32 bit systems and some are 64bit.

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#8
February 23, 2012 at 15:28:52
Let's get some basics out of the way. There is NO domain, correct? In other words, no .com or .local or .net or.....?

When you say login to the network, which machine is actually doing the authentication?

Are all machines on the same subnet?

If none of the above help solve the problem, shutdown one machine at a time & test your Win 7 connection.

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