Homegroup cannot be set up in Windows 10 [BEST SOLUTIONS]

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Networking is a crucial part of every computer, especially if you need to share files and collaborate with other users. This is extremely important if you’re working in a company or if you want to share files between two computers.

To do this, you first need to set up a Homegroup, but Windows 10 users are reporting an error that says “Homegroup cannot be set up on this computer”.

How can I fix issues with the homegroup in Windows 10?

Homegroup is a useful feature that allows you to easily share files across the PCs in the same network, but many users reported that they are unable to create a Homegroup on Windows 10.

Speaking of Homegroup issues, these are some of the most common problems that users experienced with Homegroups:

  • Cannot connect to Homegroup Windows 10 – Sometimes you might not be able to connect to a Homegroup on your PC. This can be a big problem, but you might be able to fix it by turning off all PCs and setting up a new Homegroup.
  • Can’t create Homegroup only join – If you’re having this problem, be sure to delete the content of PeerNetworking directory and try to create your Homegroup again.
  • I can’t create, join, or use a Homegroup – This is another problem with Homegroup that you might encounter. If this happens, make sure that the necessary Homegroup services are enabled.
  • Homegroup cannot be created on this computer, detected, removed – There are various issues with Homegroups that can occur on your PC, but if you have any of these problems, you should be able to fix them using one of our solutions.
  • Homegroup cannot access other computers, see other computers – If you can’t see other computers in your Homegroup, you might have to change security permissions for MachineKeys and PeerNetworking directories.
  • Homegroup Windows 10 not working – This is a general problem that can occur with Homegroups and in order to fix it, be sure that IPv6 is enabled.

Solution 1 – Delete files from PeerNetworking folder

  1. Go to C:WindowsServiceProfilesLocalServiceAppDataRoamingPeerNetworking.
  2. Delete idstore.sst and move on to Step 3. If deleting idstore.sst doesn’t work, go back to C:WindowsServiceProfilesLocalServiceAppDataRoamingPeerNetworking and delete all files and folders in it and go back to Step 3.
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  3. Go to the Network Settings and Leave the Homegroup.
  4. Repeat this for all the computers in your network.
  5. Turn off your computers.
  6. Turn on just one, and create a new Homegroup on it.
  7. This Homegroup should be recognized on all of your computers now.

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Solution 2 – Enable Peer network grouping services

Sometimes it can happen that services needed for Homegroup to work are disabled for some reason, but there’s a way to enable them.

  1. In the Search bar type services.msc and press Enter or click OK.
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  2. Search the list for Peer Network Grouping, Peer Network Identity Manager, Homegroup Listener and Homegroup Provider.
  3. If those services are disabled or set to manual set them to Automatic and leave your Homegroup.
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  4. Create new Homegroup and see if it works.

We have to mention that you might have to do this for all the computers in your network.

If you encounter peer networking error 1068 on Windows 10, you can solve it by following this handy guide.


Solution 3 – Allow Full Control to MachineKeys and PeerNetworking folders

  1. Find:
    • C:ProgramDataMicrosoftCryptoRSAMachineKeys
  2. And then find:
    • C:WindowsServiceProfilesLocalServiceAppDataRoamingPeerNetworking
  3. Right click each folder and choose Properties.
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  4. Go to Security tab. You’ll see a group of users, click on a group, and press Edit.
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  5. From the list of options, click Full Control.
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  6. Repeat the process for all that you wish to have access to your Homegroup.

We have to mention that you might have to do this for all of your computers in a network.

Homegroup cannot be set up on this computer is an annoying Windows 10 error, and if none of these solutions were helpful, maybe you should perform a clean install as a last resort.


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Solution 4 – Rename MachineKeys directory

If you can’t set up a Homegroup on Windows 10, the issue might be related to MachineKeys folder. However, you can fix the issue simply by renaming the MachineKeys directory. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to C:ProgramDataMicrosoftCryptoRSA directory.
  2. Now locate MachineKeys, right click it and choose Rename from the menu.
  3. Change the name from MachineKeys to MachineKeys-old.
  4. Now create a new folder called MachineKeys and give full control permissions to Everyone and all users on your PC. To see how to do that, be sure to check the previous solution for more information.

After recreating the MachineKeys directory, the issue should be completely resolved and you’ll be able to set up a Homegroup once again. Many users reported that this solution worked for them, so be sure to try it out.


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Solution 5 – Turn off all PCs and create a new Homegroup

If you’re unable to set up a Homegroup in Windows 10, the issue might be other PCs. Other PCs in your network can sometimes interfere and cause issues with Homegroup to appear. However, you can fix the problem simply by doing the following.

  1. First, stop all services beginning with Home and Peer on all computers.
  2. Now go to C:WindowsServiceProfilesLocalServiceAppDataRoamingPeerNetworking directory and delete all contents of that folder. Do this for all PCs in your network.
  3. Now shut down all computers in your network except one. Make sure that the PCs are completely turned off. If needed, unplug them from the wall outlet just to be sure.
  4. Now you should have only one PC running. Restart the HomeGroup Provider service on this PC.
  5. Now create a new homegroup on this PC.
  6. Restart all PCs in your network and join the newly created homegroup.

This solution might be a bit complicated, but several users reported that it works, so be sure to try it out.


Solution 6 – Make sure that your clock is correct

If you can’t set up a Homegroup on your PC, the problem might be your clock. Several users reported that their clock was incorrect and that caused the problem with Homegroup to occur.

If you can’t set up a Homegroup on your computer, be sure to check if the time is correct. To adjust the time on your PC, do the following:

  1. Right click the clock in the right corner of your Taskbar. Choose Adjust date/time from the menu.
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  2. Uncheck Set time automatically and turn in back on after a few seconds. This should automatically set your time. You can also turn off this feature and click the Change button to set the time manually if you want.
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This is an unusual solution, but several users reported that adjusting their clock fixed the problem for them, so be sure to try it.


See if your Windows Time service is working properly by following this step-by-step guide.


Solution 7 – Check the Homegroup password

Many Windows 10 users reported that they can’t join a Homegroup because they don’t have the necessary password. This can be an annoying problem, but there’s a way to fix it. To fix this issue, simply do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app. You can do that quickly by pressing Windows Key + I.
  2. When Settings app opens, navigate to Network & Internet section.
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  3. Select Ethernet from the menu on the left and choose HomeGroup from the right pane.

After doing that, you should be able to see the password for your Homegroup and use that password to connect other PCs. Keep in mind that this solution works only if you already have a Homegroup set up on your PC.


If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.


Solution 8 – Make sure that IPv6 is enabled on all PCs

If you’re unable to set up a Homegroup, the issue might be the IPv6 feature. According to users, this feature might be disabled on some computers and that can cause this issue to appear.

However, you can easily fix the problem by enabling IPv6. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Click the network icon in the bottom right corner and select your network from the menu.
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  2. Now select Change adapter options.I can't create, join, or use a Homegroup
  3. Right click your network connection and choose Properties from the menu.
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  4. Locate Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and make sure that it’s enabled. Now click OK to save changes.
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  5. Repeat these steps for all PC on your network.

After enabling IPv6 for all PCs, you should be able to set up Homegroup without any problems.


Solution 9 – Change the computer name

If you’re having Homegroup problems on your PC, you might be able to solve them simply by changing the name of the affected PCs.

By changing the computer name, any configuration problems that you have with Homegroup should be resolved. To change the name of your computer, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter name. Select View your PC name from the list of results.
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  2. Now click the Rename this PC button.
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  3. Enter the new computer name and click Next.
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  4. After changing the name, restart your PC to apply changes.

Keep in mind that you need to repeat this step for all computers in the network that are affected by this issue. After doing that, you should be able to connect to Homegroup without any problems.


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If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • I solved it slightly differently.
    Setup: One laptop w Windows 7 Pro has a homegroup, tower (PowerMac G5 w ATX transplanted inside) also has Windows 7 Pro. G5 can’t join Homegroup on laptop. Not even when I changed the password for the Homegroup on the laptop. tried removing sst files in the network folder. But ultimately the solution was simpler.

    On my laptop I removed the lan cable and turned on the wifi, which I had set for home network. Then for the first time my recently installed Windows 7 pro quickly welcomed me to the Homegroup but only after I restarted the Join homegroup wizard.

    My theory is that both computers must be using a network designated as home network over which to communicate – otherwise it won’t work.

  • Solution 4 worked, 1-3 did not. Thanks so much. Next question (actually for Microsoft) — why doesn’t MS improve their troubleshooters to find and correct issues like this? Duh!

  • Too simple. Why didn’t I think of that! None of these were really required for my issue. I simply followed the sentence that said to turn off all but one of the computers, then set up HomeGroup on that computer. That TOTALLY made sense to me, so I did it and voila! I’m back in action.

    THANKS!!

  • Solution #1 doesn’t work because there isn’t any AppData folder in the LocalService folder on my Windows 10 Home computer.
    Solution #2 Didn’t work.
    Solution #3 doesn’t work because C:\ProgramData doesn’t exist and again the AppData folder doesn’t exist either.

    • This worked for me to – specifically permissions to full control on C:Program DataMicrosoftCryptoRSAMachineKeys to Users

  • Let’s see- “roamingpeernetworks dir doesn’t even exist [yes I know it’s hidden, so don’t]. “Leave Homegroup” does not even appear as an option. This is an ongoing saga with Microsoft- they stupidify their OS and bury or remove all of the controls competent users without failure have to have access to, invariably making it almost, but not quite, totally unusable. I feel like Arthur Dent trying to order tea from a a sens-o-matic on the Heart of Gold. Someone needs to write a UI that bypasses MS and gives access to the basic controls we all need to function. I currently have to ride in an elevator and then knock on a door and hope someone’s in to move data.

  • Thank you! I started with solution 2 & it worked initially, then the problem came back. Then I tried solution 1 and it worked to access the Network HomeGroup again, but I noticed something very dumb and Windows-like.

    Some of my Folders weren’t showing up, despite having gone to the top Folder Menu > Share, clicking HomeGroup(View and Edit) and ensured it was showing as Shared. I had to right click on the Folder > Properties > Sharing > Share, where some of those folders I had shared showed only Read under Permission Level. Switching them to Read/Write finally made them show in the HomeGroup.

    This whole process is ridiculously convoluted and has unnecessary multiple levels of Sharing and Permissions and Naming. Instead of providing us with multiple ways of Sharing that don’t work, or are often defaulting to contradict themselves, Windows should provide just ONE clear method and have that method work. Simplify this and have it work, rather than having 6 hidden options of accomplishing the same thing that doesn’t work. Put these Share settings and Permissions in one place that works. I suspect these contradicting levels of redundancy are most of the problem.

    This round of troubleshooting and fix today cost me two hours at the beginning of my work day. This has happened twice this week, a couple the week before. Thanks for your fix or Id’ still be bashing my head against the wall and swearing at my machine

  • I have tried every so called solution on the web about how to fix this issue. After multiple hours spent here and there and again later, I still cannot set up a homegroup that my other computers can find. When I had XP it was effortless. But on 8 and 10 it is impossible.

  • Windows 10 SUCKS This issue apparently can not be fixed. I see many reporting the problem with the same old non-working fixes suggested. GREAT!!!!! If you have Windows 10 I suggest you buy a good flash drive to transfer files. Work Group Fails repeatedly.

  • I had a problem because IPv6 was not being carried on my network. Some time ago I dealt with the problem that IPv6 was not properly enabled on an ethernet interface. Homegroup tells you when this is the trouble. But in a new configuration the problem was that I was using older powerline networking technology – Homeport AV instead of AV2 – and it did not carry IPv6. So Windows homegroup couldn’t figure out that this was the trouble.

  • I have a different issue …

    Been using W10 Insider Preview (never got around to install the proper version) for a few months and homegroup has been running well … it asked to update yesterday, and after I rebooted, the same computer that created the homgroup can now only join, and I cannot see the password …

    so how can I “remove” this, and create a new homegroup?

  • Solution 3 worked. Thank you. Windows 10 on Surface Pro gen 1, trying to share with my gaming desktop.

  • Thank you so much for posting this – i spent the last four months without being able to use my homegroup. I did #2 and #3 – not sure which one worked – but I am up and running .

    thank you !!!

  • Same here. After a couple of hours being passed from department to department in Microsoft Customer Services, being told at one point it would cost me $499…”uh NO.” Finally they failed to restore my Homegroup and left me hanging. Solution 3 finally worked for me. Many thanks for the guidance.