Can't see Windows 8 Computer in HomeGroup on Windows 7 Computer

I recently put Window 8 Pro on one of my computers.  I still have one other Windows 7 Ultimate computer (both 64-bit).  When I finished installing Windows 8, I grabbed the HomeGroup password from the Windows 7 computer and joined that HomeGroup.  I got no error messages.  From the Windows 8 computer, I can see the Windows 7 computer in HomeGroup just fine.  But, on the Windows 7 computer, the HomeGroup is empty.

Both user accounts have Administrator privileges.  Both computers have network sharing on.  They both belong to the same workgroup (WORKGROUP).  The Windows 8 HomeGroup settings look like:

Private (current profile):
  • Turn on network discovery and Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices
  • Turn on file and printer sharing
  • Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections (recommended)

Guest or Public -- everything off

All Networks:

  • Turn off Public folder sharing (people logged on to this computer can still access these folders)
  • Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections (recommended)
  • Turn off password protected sharing.

The Windows 7 HomeGroup settings look like:

Home or Work (current profile):

  • Turn on network discovery
  • Turn on file and printer sharing
  • Turn off Public folders sharing
  • Media streaming is on
  • Use 128-bit encryption...
  • Turn off password protected sharing
  • Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections

Public:  everything's off and use 128-bit encryption

How do I get the Windows 7 computer to see the Windows 8 computer in HomeGroup?

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So, am I on a blacklist or something?  A week goes by and there's no response?

Microsoft:  by your silence, are you implying that Homegroup flat out doesn't work?

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I am experiencing the exact same issue.

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I'm having the same issue with homegroup. I can't find a answer on the net or this form. My fresh install of Windows8 pro don't have the folder "Peer Networking" with the file idstore.sst and files are selected not hidden. Do you have idstore.sst on your Windows 8?

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On my Windows 8 computer, if I select View | Hidden Items on Windows Explorer, I see idstore.sst under C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking (note that there's no space in PeerNetworking and it's a hidden directory).

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just installed windows 8 pro same issue with homegroup. Need an answer, or at least acknowledgement.

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I am experiencing the exact same issue.

I have the same problem and can't seem to find a solution.  Any ideas?

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I'm having the opposite problem.  I have 4 machines on my peer-to-peer network.  3 use Win7 Ultimate, my machine has Win8 Pro.  All the Win7 machines can see mine in Homegroup, but I can only see two of the three Win7 machines from Win8 Homegroup.  All the Win7 machines can see each other and me just fine.

Come on, Microsoft.  I'm a developer with an MSDN membership and I need this stuff to work!

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I finally figured mine out. I ended up making sure all connected computers were using only a wireless connection while viewing files, etc. It wasn't enough to connect wireless--I actually had to unplug Ethernet from the one computer that was plugged. Now I can view all of the other boxes. Once I copy over some key files, I am going to plug the Ethernet back in. Hope this helps...

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Still no word from Microsoft, huh? I am going to do some more searching and intend to come back here and post if I dig anything worthwhile up and/or figure it out.

One comment: it's confusing when a Windows 7 or 8 computer on a home network gets connected for the first time, and seemingly presumes that it is starting the Homegroup instead of joining an existing Homegroup. I don't get that at all - why not ask the question 'Do you already have a Homegroup setup?' Yes, No, I don't know - proceed from there?

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I have an open question in this area and I have had no valid response in over a month. Most of the responses directed me to go to the Canned MS basic stuff. This is very disturbing that MS has not even admitted that some thing is wrong and they promote this new OS. I guess this is the prime example of using community to solve their buggy issues.  Wake up MICROSOFT we are your customers and paid money to buy Windows 8

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