I have a laptop with Win 7 using wireless. I upgraded my HP desktop to Win 7. Both have HomeGroups but only 1 shows the name of the homegroup. I can't figure out how to get both these computers on the same homegroup and to recognize each other.
As long as both computers are on the same subnet you should not have an issue.
Perhaps use this walkthrough and see if starting over will help. Windows 7 HomeGroup: Walkthrough
There is a small caveat which I think should be highlighted in the interest of starting on the right foot
On the first computer, which must be running Windows 7 Home Premium or better
Both computers generated their own passwords. I unjoined Homegroups on both PCs and am nowt ready to join on both computers. . A possible problem my be that My desktop PC says in is connected to "INTERNET" My Laptop is connect to a Named internet connection. See 2 Images attached
I left homegroups on both computers. I started the walkthrough from scratch on both computers. Both computers try to create a homegroup. The 1st computer created a homegroup and password. The second computer doesn't start the "Join a Homegroup" Wizard but tried to ran its own "Create a HomeGroup" wizard and generate its own password.
Also, you might check the Services.msc panel and see if you have the Homegroup Services running,
HomegroupProvider and HomegroupListener
But if you have a Homegroup set up on one system and the other system still shows "ready to create", the second system is probably not seeing the first on the network. And this, of course would depend on the limitation Trouble mentioned about which versions of Windows 7 can create a Homegroup.