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Windows 7 Homegroup - Peer Networking Grouping Service failing to start

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I had a weird Windows 7 Homegroup issue happen lately. I had used Homegroup previously with success and knew both computers in the Homegroup were successfully connected. However recently one computer would not connect. I tried changing passwords, made sure ports were open through Windows firewall, and made sure the computers had other forms of communication open. Everything looked fine, but still no Homegroup.

I then ran the Homegroup troubleshooter and it was telling me that the Peer Networking Grouping Service could not be started. I fired up the Windows Services console (Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services) and found that indeed the Peer Networking Grouping Service was stopped. I right-clicked and selected Start. It failed with an error 1068 saying the dependency service was not able to start. I then tried to start the Peer Name Resolution Protocol service which also failed with an error 0x80630801: 0x80630801. After quickly searching around I found that the problem resides with a corrupt file in the PeerNetworking folder on the system drive.

UPDATE: To see the below file and containing folder you will need to show hidden folders in Windows Explorer. To do this open Windows Explorer and click on Organize > Folder and search options. Then on the View tab, under the Advanced settings section select Show hidden files, folders, or drives. Click OK.

I browsed to
Code:
C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking\
and deleted the idstore.sst file. I then went back to the services console, right-clicked Peer Networking Grouping and selected Start. This and the Peer Name Resolution Protocol services immediately started back up. I then had to run the Homegroup troubleshooter one more time to refresh the Homegroup information. Everything works great now.

Hopefully this will help someone with this same problem

Updated 05-18-2013 at 08:27 AM by Jake Thomas

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  1. Unregistered's Avatar
    same problem here, less luck solving it... deleting the file didn't solve much for me
  2. Jake Thomas's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    same problem here, less luck solving it... deleting the file didn't solve much for me
    Are you stuck on the same error message when you try to restart the service?
  3. Unregistered's Avatar
    Hello,

    i also faced this problem many times but i fixed it. i got a lot of information from this post. i also got some help from this article http://ezinearticles.com/?Firefox-Fl...es?&id=4730411 its very helpful for me
  4. Unregistered's Avatar
    I get to C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService but where you say I should then continue into the appdata folder, I can't. Because it isn't there. Any insight on this?
  5. Jake Thomas's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    I get to C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService but where you say I should then continue into the appdata folder, I can't. Because it isn't there. Any insight on this?
    You just need to make sure you show hidden folders. You aren't seeing it because it is indeed hidden. To do this open Windows Explorer and click on Organize > Folder and search options. Then on the View tab, under the Advanced settings section select Show hidden files, folders, or drives. Click OK.

    Hope this helps. Thanks for this question; I'll update the post with this information.
  6. Unregistered's Avatar
    I had the same problem after I update to Windows 7 on my "server" at home.
    I was stumped untill I read this. Solution worked perfectly as discribed.
    Many thanks.
  7. rick's Avatar
    This worked exactly how you said.
  8. Unregistered's Avatar
    Thank-you very much. I had exactly this problem and this fix worked for me, although I had to take the additional step of leaving and rejoining the home group. Cheers.
  9. LBS's Avatar
    I also had trouble with the peernetworking yadda yadda....the trick is the show those hidden files and folders so you can find the idstore file and delete it. After deleting it, I had to run the homegroup troubleshooting and refresh, etc, but then it all worked! Yay! Follow the original instructions and it hopefully it will work for you too.
  10. Unregistered's Avatar
    i have home network with decent pc knoweldege and it seems
  11. MMoiz's Avatar
    Thank for the Great Support . Worked perfect for me. Keep up the good work!!
  12. Unregistered's Avatar
    cheers, just wanted to thank you for the tip, fixed my problem
  13. Unregistered's Avatar
    worked for me also, thanks
  14. Unregistered's Avatar
    Same problem...fix worked like a charm. Than you!
  15. Unregistered's Avatar
    well it works to my problem....thank you for sharing....thanks a lot dude
  16. om prakash's Avatar
    i use window 8 os on my 5520 ispiron dell laptop.dell provides brodcom software for wireless driver when install at a time peernet working and show icon in notification of taskbar but now turn on laptop it does not show in notification in taskbar.i try to see in control panel notification it staes that wtht icon of peer net:"local area connection peernet connection unavailable" under that DW WALAN Card Wireless Network Tray Applet.while we try ur technique which is mention upper and check in Administrative tool/services/peernet running.and task manager status also show it running of its group,name ,identity. but it dhow in oes not snotification
    plz give me tachnique for showing it and working properly technique

    thanks for proper supporting and technique of solving other problem
  17. o.a's Avatar
    solved my home group problem
  18. Unregistered's Avatar
    TY this solution worked for me tyvm!
  19. Unregistered's Avatar
    Thanx man it worked lovely for me I've been dealing with this problem for over a year now
  20. mkv56@facebook.com's Avatar
    This was the exact issue I was having. And it fixed it perfectly. Thanks a-lot.
  21. Unregistered's Avatar
    Many Thanks for your help
  22. Rodrigo's Avatar
    Useful and Great..Its really hard to find inoirmatfve info but here I can… Pretty nice post. I just wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing and I hope you write again soon..Thanks
  23. Unregistered's Avatar
    This worked perfectly for me step by step as you said it would. You rock man.
  24. Unregistered's Avatar
    thanks man from the emerald isle,happened to me second day into using nas and sonos no connection,great post
  25. Unregistered's Avatar
    This worked get. Thank you
  26. Danne's Avatar
    It solved the problem )) So Happy Thank you
  27. Unregistered's Avatar
    Thanks it worked !!! why doesn't the home group troubleshooter just DO IT for the user??? so useful thanks again
  28. Unregistered's Avatar
    Just wanted to say thank you for posting this! It worked for me.
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