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Getting Beyond The IPv6 Barrier When Setting Up A Windows 7 Home Network

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011

Ever since I’d purchased my main computer back at the end of 2008 I hadn’t been able to set up a home network between my computer and my wife’s computer. And when I would turn on the laptop, I couldn’t access anything either.

I kept going through the same process that Microsoft tells everyone, which is to go through the Control Panel to the Network & Sharing Center, click on setting up a new network, and following the instructions. Unfortunately, it never worked for me, and I know it didn’t work for thousands of other people because I was always checking forums for an answer that wasn’t coming.

A few days ago I had the laptop open and needed a file that was on my main computer. I figured it was finally time to get this sucker fixed. So I went through the process again, only this time I saw something about setting up a homegroup. I hadn’t paid any attention to that before so I clicked on the link. There was something that said “create a homegroup”, and that sounded good, so I clicked on it and it didn’t work.

At least it didn’t create a homegroup. It gave me the option to run the troubleshooter, and even though most of the time that sucker is useless, I went ahead and gave it a shot. It came back with this message basically telling me I had to enable IPv6 to get it to work. This brought another problem because I did have it enabled. Most of the recommendations I saw online said to disable it, delete your network card from your device manager, then reboot and it would work. Actually, no it won’t, so don’t do that! I knew that wouldn’t work and it was bad advice; that happens sometimes.

I continued looking and finally found that someone had a link to the Microsoft page. I followed the link, and if you go down a little ways you’ll see something that says Fix It For Me. They offer 10 small downloads, and all you do is select the one that fits your computer and will solve the issue you’re having. My issue was “Enable IPv6”, so that’s the one I chose.

It literally took less than a minute after downloading it and it came back saying it was fixed. So I did the network thing again and it had worked; who-hoo! I could now connect to my laptop, which was a big deal. However, I still couldn’t connect to my wife’s computer, so I went to her office and ran the same exact program, and now all my computers in the house are connected; good deal!

I don’t know why all solutions aren’t in plain sight like this, as I’ve gone back and forth over the years, but at least if you read this blog now you’ll know how to get it done faster than it took me.

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well congrats on that. we still aren’t communicating that way at my house.
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November 18th, 2011 | 12:48 PM

So give it a try Mimi; maybe it will work for you.

November 18th, 2011 | 5:43 PM

Windows 7 is a bit tough, personally don’t like all this file and network locks, which have fix or unlock somewhere in the menus. Today with friend of mine together performed the first test of Win 8, well I think this is the first descent Windows since 98 and NT4. Everything was smooth and configuration was so simple.

Getting back to networking, definitely Linux is much easier to configure, actually almost no need any configuration and network is always recognized.
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November 20th, 2011 | 5:58 AM

Carl, I just don’t have the time to try to learn another operating system, and Win 7 really is simple for most people. It’s just that every once in awhile stuff doesn’t work like we want it to, so we have to take it upon ourselves to fix it or ask someone else for help.

November 21st, 2011 | 11:20 AM

Probably you are right, Mitch but definitely worth a try. Installation of Ubundu for example takes about 40 min and it comes with pre-installed browser and office. It is free and to download it probably will take another 1 hours.

Cristian, all latest reliable Linux distributions are coming with app installer, you just need to search and click install.

November 22nd, 2011 | 12:59 AM
Cristian Balau:

Windows 7 is very user friendly unlike Linux which is a little bit more complicated till you get used with all the things you have to do when installing a simple program.
Anyways, regarding windows 8, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I see it this way: Vista was terrible, Win7 was definitely an improvement but Win8 should blow everybody’s mind.

November 21st, 2011 | 4:18 PM

Goodness Cristian, I just loaded Win 7 onto this computer months ago; I’m not ready to pay another $200 for another upgrade! lol

November 22nd, 2011 | 8:40 AM

Regular computers (and old) does not use IPv4? I never had the issues that you mention here but with Windows everything is possible. 🙂 Is good that you managed to fix it.
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November 20th, 2011 | 4:45 PM

It’s not that computers don’t use IPv4 anymore, but with Win 7 if you want to hook up a home network it must be done with IPv6.

November 21st, 2011 | 11:23 AM
Allan Douglas:

I’ve gone through some of this myself, Mitch. We have 5 computers (including my wife’s netbook, used mostly on the road) and two Kindles. The computers run on a mix of XP, Vista (I hate Vista) and windows 7. Getting them all to talk to one another, play nice with the internet gateway, and share files has been enough to make a man bald. (witness my hairline)

November 20th, 2011 | 5:51 PM

LOL! You’re killing me Allan! I actually didn’t have any problems when only my wife had Win 7 and my computer and laptop were on Win XP but once all were on Win 7 none of my hardware would talk with each other. Just finally got tired of toting around my flash drive all the time. 🙂

November 21st, 2011 | 11:24 AM