SOLVED! “No Other Homegroup PCs Are Available Right Now”

Via HomeGroup, Windows users could share resources with each other as long as their computers stay on the same local network. In most of the cases, accessing HomeGroup is a straightforward affair that involves little time and effort. However, like everything else, HomeGroup may give people a hard time on occasions. Check out this article if you want to use HomeGroup, but your PC keeps saying that “No other HomeGroup PCs are available right now”.

What Wight Have Gone Wrong

If you see “No other HomeGroup PCs are available right now”, it usually means that your PC cannot see other computers in the network. Also, there is a chance that the HomeGroup you have been using is corrupted. Other possibilities include wrong password, not trusting all the computers on the network, antivirus programs, firewall, Windows, etc. Regardless, unless you take action, you would keep coming across “No other HomeGroup PCs are available right now”.

“No Other HomeGroup PCs Are Available Right Now”: Solutions 

Note: In the beginning, you should take into account the considerations down below: 

  • All the PCs are on and connected to your network.
  • All the PCs have sharing enabled.
  • All the PCs have the current HomeGroup password.
  • All the PCs in the network share libraries with HomeGroup

Run HomeGroup Troubleshooter

Once it comes to “No other HomeGroup PCs are available right now”, you should consider running the HomeGroup troubleshooter: 

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I  to open Settings
  • Step 2: Select Update & Security then choose Troubleshoot.
  • Step 3: Locate HomeGroup under Find and fix other problems, click it and click Run the troubleshooter. 
  • Step 4: Allow the process to run all the way.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer.

Delete HomeGroup

All in all, HomeGroup works well, but it’s not uncommon for corruption to complicate operations. If you suspect that your HomeGroup is corrupted, don’t hesitate to delete it. Deleting a HomeGroup involves every computer leaving the home group. 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type HomeGroup and hit Enter. 
  • Step 2: In HomeGroup window, hit Leave the HomeGroup.
  • Step 3. Confirm your action by clicking Leave the HomeGroup again. Get all people with PCs on the network to do the same. After you finish, you can create a new HomeGroup and add PCs to the network.

Enable IPv6

Quite a few factors affect the performance of HomeGroup and Internet Protocol (IP) is one of them.  In the case that you have a hard time using HomeGroup for some reason, enable IPv6.

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I  to open Settings
  • Step 2: In Settings, select Network & Internet and choose either Ethernet or Wi-Fi depending on your connection.
  • Step 3: Look to the right, then hit Change adapter settings under Related settings.
  • Step 4: Right-click on your connection and pick Properties on the drop-down menu.
  • Step 5: Check the checkbox next to Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IP/IPv6) to enable IPv6. Get all people with PCs on the network to do the same. Lastly, open HomeGroup on your PC then determine whether the issue persists. 

Synchronize Date & Time

Another issue that prevents other Homegroup PCs from being seen is the date and time. You should make sure that all PCs on your HomeGroup have synchronized clocks.

  • Step 1: Right-click the clock on the taskbar then pick Adjust date/time.
  • Step 2: Turn off Set time automatically as well as Set time zone automatically.
  • Step 3: Select the correct time zone from the drop-down menu.
  • Step 4: Click Change and set the date and time you want.
  • Step 5: Turn Set time automatically and Set time zone automatically back on. Get all people with PCs on the network to do the same. 

Think About Windows Firewall

If none of the above work, it could be that the HomeGroup is being blocked by Windows Firewall. By disabling the Firewall, you could use HomeGroup at your leisure. 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Windows Firewall and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: Click Allow an app feature through Windows Firewall.
  • Step 3: In Allowed apps, click Change settings.
  • Step 4: Check the HomeGroup box then hit OK. Get all people with PCs on the network to do the same. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Create a HomeGroup?

To create a HomeGroup, simply follow the steps below;

  • Step 1: Go to Start and select Settings.
  • Step 2: Click on Network & Internet.
  • Step 3:  Go to Status and select HomeGroup.
  • Step 4: On the HomeGroups control panel, click Create a homegroup, and hit Next.
  • Step 5: Click on the list box under Permissions to choose the items you would like to share with other PCs, and click Next.
  • Step 6: A password will be generated, which you will use to add other PCs to your network.

What Is The Difference Between HomeGroup And Network?

Both of them resemble each other here and there, but the key difference is that HomeGroup is used for residential sub-networks, small offices, etc. On the other hand, network is primarily used for businesses and works across many subnets.

How Do I Find A HomeGroup File?

To find particular files on a HomeGroup, first type File Explorer in the Search bar and hit Enter. Under HomeGroup, select the name of the PC you want files from.

In the list of files, double-click on the file you want.

Can HomeGroup Be Used With All Operating Systems?

Unfortunately, HomeGroup can only be used in Windows. It is not compatible with any other OS.

How Do I Share Files Without HomeGroup?

Windows users can share files by using either OneDrive or the Share functionality. 

Tips And Tricks

  • For good measure, write down your HomeGroup password and keep it secured.
  • Change the randomly generated HomeGroup password to something you can remember.
  • Be cautious of the things you share, especially if your HomeGroup is accessible by kids.
  • If your HomeGroup files are made available offline, and you’re disconnected from the network, they can be found in the Network folder.
  • You cannot create a new HomeGroup if one already exists on your network.
  • On Windows RT 8.1, people can join a HomeGroup but not share content.

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