win7 -64-bit not finding win 7 32 bit over network, RDC and homegroup dont work

Hi , i am having problems connecting my windows 7 pc's , i am currently running 64 bit ultimate as my personal pc , another 2 have win 7 32-bit. I also have 3 routers on the same network ,but 2 are being used as switches ( dhcp turned off) and 2 other pc's are installed with vista 32 bit ultimate and win xp pro 32 bit on my trusty laptop.
The network is stable and everyone has an  internet connection.
the problems started when i tried to setup a homegroup with the 3 win 7 pcs.
The 64 bit win 7 ultimate sees only itsself in the network and i cannot set anything up in this state , i have not yet made any modifications to any pc or router and through this forum can hopefully set something up that will accomodate all pc's
i also cannot get RDC to work between 64-bit win 7 and either of the other win 7 pc's.
laptop win xp pro is wirelessly connected and has all updates to date.
any suggestions would be appreciated as to how i can make this puppy work :p

Question Info

Last updated March 13, 2018 Views 620 Applies to:

Hi Dkwin7,



This might be happening due to the firewall or security software settings. You may try to disable the security and fire wall settings and check if you are able to see the PC’s on home group. If the networks fine after disabling the security software you might need to contact the manufacturer. Enable the security settings once you know the cause.


Make sure you have turned on network discovery on also "Allow Remote Assistance to this Computer" is checked.

1.       Click on Start

2.       Go to Computer and right click on the link

3.       Select Properties

4.       Click on Remote Settings on the left pane

5.       Put a check mark against “Allow Remote Assistance to this Computer



Also follow the link where the user is talking of a similar issue.


For more information follow the links.

Understanding Windows Firewall settings

Disable antivirus software



Hope this information is helpful.

Amrita M

Microsoft Answers Support Engineer
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