How to connect two computers on a home network?

I have a Win7 PC and a Win10 laptop.  They are successfully connected to the same router (PC is wired, laptop is wifi). They are on the same Homegroup, which is set as a private network on both. File sharing is turned on for both in every way imaginable. However...

The laptop can't see the PC.

The PC *can* see the laptop, but it can't access the laptop.

How do I make it so I can share files?

Why is this so difficult for the average user?

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Hello,
Homegroups are non more supported in W10.
These tutorials will help you to share files without homegroups
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-share-files-...
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/share-printers-f...

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Hope this helps, and let me know if you have further problems!

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Hello,

Network sharing is changed on Windows now as HomeGroup is removed on V1803 or later. So if your either if machine is on V1803 or later, this is expected.

Here are the alternatives you can use atm:

https://www.kapilarya.com/homegroup-alternative...

Hope this helps!

Note: Included link in this reply refers to blog post by a trusted Microsoft MVP, so it is safe.
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When Microsoft made changes to networking and removed Homegroup from Windows 1803 and that caused some problems.

To get you PC's to visible under File Explorer network section then most important part is to start some required services, but you have to check all network settings.

Push Win Key and type "Services", locate those services, start them and set Start type to Automatic.

Services are:

   - Function Discovery Provider Host

   - Function Discovery Resource Publication

   - SSDP Discovery

   - UPnP Device Host

Look more detail from my example with screenshots how to make PC's to show in File Explorer network section, change network profile and setup file/folder shares.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-files/homegroup-removed-how-to-get-network-sharing-work/01277332-2916-4a68-853a-116696b20743

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Hi jimpemberton, for some reason, Microsoft removed the homegroup functionality from Windows 10 version 1803, please try this workaround:

Click your Start Button, type Services and hit Enter

When the Services app opens, scroll down to find the following services, then double click each one in turn, set their startup type to Automatic and start the service if necessary

1. Function Discovery Provider Host

2. Function Discovery Resource Publication

3. SSDP Discovery

4. UPnP Device Host

Save that and close the Services app

That's It!
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Thanks to everyone for your responses. I've tried them all, but nothing is working. Microsoft has failed customers on this. I'm sure some hacker can write a virus that can do this, but it's a function entirely unavailable to the average user.

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