"Your network connection must have IPv6 enabled to create or join a homegroup" error message when you try to create a homegroup in Windows 7

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SYMPTOMS

You try to create a homegroup on a Windows 7-based computer that has Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) enabled. However, you receive the following error message:
Your network connection must have IPv6 enabled to create or join a homegroup.

RESOLUTION

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Start the following services:
    • Peer Networking Grouping
    • PNRP Machine Name Publication Service
    To start these services, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start
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      Start button
      , type Services.msc in the Search programs and files box, and then press ENTER.
    2. Right-click Peer Networking Grouping, and then click Properties.
    3. On the General tab, check whether the service is started. If the service is not started, click Start.
    4. In the Startup type list, select Automatic.
    5. Click OK.
    6. Repeat steps 1b through 1e to start PNRP Machine Name Publication Service.
  2. Modify a registry key entry to enable IPv6. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start
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      Start button
      , type regedit in the Search programs and files box, and then press ENTER.
    2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\TCPIP6\Parameters
    3. Double-click the DisabledComponents registry entry, and then type 0 in the Value data box.

      Note If the DisabledComponents registry entry is not present, you must create it. To do this,point to New on the Edit menu, click DWORD Value, type DisabledComponents, and then press ENTER.
    4. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
929852 How to disable certain Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) components in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

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Article ID: 983276 - Last Review: July 19, 2010 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
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