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I recently bought an ASUS laptop. I already have a desktop which connects to my router via ethernet. The laptop connects the internet through the router via Wi-Fi. Both machines have Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. Below is the detailed description of my problem:


I cannot connect to my laptop from my desktop or vice versa for transferring files.

What prerequisite steps I have performed

  • Set up static IP addresses on both machines ( and with common default gateway ( under TCP/IP IPv4 properties of the network adapters
  • Disabled Windows Firewall for Home Networks on both machines
  • Set the network adapter as part of the Home Network
  • Turned on file and printer sharing in the Network and Sharing Center and disabled password protection as well.
  • Ensured that the services --> HomeGroup Listener and Server are running (although no idea if this is required or not)

What I am able to do/see

  • I am able to create a Homegroup using either machines in which case the said machine shows as being part of the group.
  • I am able to see the machine in the Network list
  • I am able to ping the machines successfully via IP as well as host name

What I am not able to do

  • Connect to the machine. I get a "Network path not found" error.
  • When I try to join the homegroup created by the other, I get prompted for the password, I enter it, it attempts to connect and after a brief period it gives an error.

Other details

  • Desktop has SP1 installed, laptop does not.
  • None of the machines' antivirus (AVAST FREE VERSION) has the firewall component installed
  • I have already tried the steps as mentioned in this post
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Do you have sharing turned on in Network and Sharing center? –  Ashtray Aug 27 '13 at 8:26
@Alex : Yes I have sharing turned on as also password protection is disabled. Will update my post as well. –  Vrushank Aug 27 '13 at 9:21

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