I will give you my settings to see if you notice anything different. Network Discovery: on Fire and printer sharing: on Public Folder sharing: on Media streaming: off Fire sharing connections: 128 bit Password Protected sharing: on Homegroup connections: Use user accounts and passwords You may be right about the Homegroup connections settings, but someone else was having a problem and that fixed it. I use the same workgroup for all computers, and even the same user. Occasionally I will get a sign-on dialog and other times not. I show a house (Home or Work) for the network and not a park bench (Public). And you do have items actually shared on the systems.