"Home Group" is a Windows term.
The Windows "home group" works only with Windows computers (Vista and above, I think--My Windows computer runs Win7).
If you want to include Windows machines in your home network and connect to them with Linux, do not use the Windows "Home Group" settings on them. Instead, set up what I think Windows now calls "simple sharing." In other words, just share the Windows directories in the directory properties and do not join them to a Windows "home group."
Last edited by frankbell; 04-23-2013 at 06:26 PM.