Fix: Created New Homegroup on Ethernet but WiFi on Laptop Doesn’t Find

By: Marian Cularea
5 minute read

Have you upgraded to the Windows 8.1 operating system and you are having trouble connecting to a certain Homegroup or perhaps your own homegroup? Well I can tell you that by the time your reach the end of this article your Homegroup in Windows 8.1 will be fixed and you can connect your Laptop to it as you normally do.
Fix Created New Homegroup on Ethernet but WiFi Laptop Doesn't Find it in Windows 8.1
The issues that might occur when trying to connect to a certain Homegroup in Windows 8.1 can start with the Windows Firewall, Antivirus and ending with some registry errors that might occur in Windows 8.1 but following the tutorial below in the order it is described you can fix it in the shortest time possible.

Tutorial on how to connect your Laptop to a Homegroup in Windows 8.1:

First method:

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the lower right side of the screen.
  2. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the Search feature.
  3. In the search dialog box write the following: “troubleshooting” without the quotes.
  4. After the search has finished left click or tap on the “Troubleshooting” icon.
  5. Left click or tap on the “Network and Internet” feature present in the troubleshooting menu.
  6. From the next window left click or tap on the “HomeGroup” feature.
    Note: If you get prompted by a user administrator window you will need to write in your administrator user and password.
  7. Left click or tap on the “Next” button to proceed.
  8. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the troubleshooting process.
  9. Reboot your operating system after you are done.
  10. Check again if you can connect your Laptop to the Homegroup.

Second method:

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the lower right side of the screen.
  2. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the “Settings” feature.
  3. From the next menu left click or tap on the network icon.
  4. From the list that shows you will need to left click or tap on the network you want to join.
  5. Left click or tap on the “Connect” button.
  6. Now try joining the Homegroup.

Third method:

For the duration of this step you will need to completely disable any kind of third party antivirus.

  1. After you disabled it try connecting again to the Homegroup.
  2. If it works then you antivirus has restrictions that prevent you from accessing the desired Homegroup.

Forth method:

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the lower right side of the screen.
  2. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the “Settings” feature.
  3. Now left click or tap on the “Change PC settings” button.
  4. In the next window left click or tap on the “Network” option.
  5. Left click or tap on the “Connections” button.
  6. From the list choose your network connection.
  7. Turn on the feature “Find devices and content”.
  8. Reboot your operating system and try again accessing your HomeGroup.

Fifth method:

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the lower right side of the screen.
  2. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the Search feature.
  3. In the search dialog box write the following: “date and time” without the quotes.
  4. After the search has finished left click or tap on the Settings option.
  5. Left click or tap on the “Date and time” icon.
  6. Left click or tap on the “Change date and time” feature.
    Note: If you are prompt by a user account control window you will need to write in the administrator account and password.
  7. Make sure the correct settings for the date and time are correct and then reboot your operating system.
  8. Try again your laptop to see if you can connect to the Homegroup.

Sixth method:

Make sure your Laptop has its own unique name, domain and Workgroup settings by doing the steps below.

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the lower right side of the screen.
  2. From the list left click or tap on the “Search” feature.
  3. In the search dialog box write the following: “System” without the quotes.
  4. After the search has finished left click or tap on the “System” icon.
  5. Check your PC name under the “Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings” topic and make sure it is uniquely assigned only to your Laptop.
  6. If there are other PCs with the same name you will need to change the Laptops name to another one.

Seventh method:

  1. Move the mouse over to the lower side of the screen.
  2. Left click or tap on the “Search” feature.
  3. In the search dialog box write the following: “advanced sharing” without the quotes.
  4. After the search has finished left click or tap on the “Manage advanced sharing settings” icon.
  5. Next to the “Private network profile” topic you will need to left click or tap on the drop-down arrow.
  6. Left click or tap on the “Turn on network discovery” feature.
  7. Left click or tap on the “Save changes” button.
    Note: If you are prompted by a user account control window write in your administrator account and password.
  8. After you changed the setting reboot your Windows 8.1 operating system.

Eighth method:

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the lower right side of the screen.
  2. Left click or tap on the Settings feature.
  3. Left click or tap on the “Change PC settings” button.
  4. Left click or tap on the “Homegroup” button.
  5. Left click or tap on the “Leave” button next.
  6. Then try connecting again to your Homegroup and see if it works.

Ninth method:

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the lower right side of the screen.
  2. From the list that appears left click or tap on the “Search” feature.
  3. In the search dialog box write the following: “firewall” without the quotes.
  4. After the search has finished left click or tap on the “Windows Firewall” icon.
  5. Left click or tap on the “Turn Windows Firewall on or off” option.
    Note: If you are prompted by a user account control write in the administrator account and password.
  6. Now under each network you will need to choose the “Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended)” option.
  7. Left click or tap on the OK button.
  8. Try connecting again to your Homegroup.

Tenth method:

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the lower right side of the screen.
  2. Left click or tap on the Search feature presented there.
  3. In the search dialog box write the following: “Identify and repair” without the quotes.
  4. When the search has finished left click or tap on “Identify and repair network problems”
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the troubleshooting issues.
  6. Reboot your operating system.
  7. Check again if you can connect your Laptop to the Homegroup.

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And you are done; also if the methods above did not solve your Homegroup issues you are having in Windows 8.1 please write us in the comments section of the page situated below and we will help you further as soon as possible.

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