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Published: December 1, 2015 | Applies to:

If HomeGroup is not working on your Windows 10 due to "Windows could not start the Peer Networking Grouping service on local computer" message, fix it here.

We all know its quite handy to connect different Windows machines using HomeGroup so that files and other stuff can be shared on the go. Peer Networking Grouping service is one of the core technologies used in HomeGroup feature. It enables multi-party communication using peer-to-peer grouping. If this service is not running, HomeGroup won’t function at all.

When HomeGroup is not working and you try to start Peer Networking Grouping service, and you’ll get this warning message:

Windows could not start the Peer Networking Grouping service on Local Computer.

Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start.

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

Another message that often users receive regarding this service is:

Windows could not start the Peer Networking Grouping service on Local Computer.

Error 1079: The account specified for this service is different from the account specified for the other services running in the same process.

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

In this article, we’ll share you the resolutions for both of these errors. But before we move on, we hardly suggest you to run System File Checker scan once. This will fix corrupted system files, if any, and help you in solving the issue.

Now, here is how to solve these errors:

FIX : Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer

FIX Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start

1. Make sure you’re enabled hidden items in File Explorer. Press  W8K + R and type following location in Run:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA

*Substitute C: with your system root drive.

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

2. Then in RSA folder, you’ll find a sub-folder named MachineKeys. Rename this folder to MachineKeys.old.

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

Since this is a system folder, so you need to provide administrative privileges to rename it by clicking Continue option here:

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

3. Next, in RSA folder, create a new sub-folder and name it MachineKeys. Right click over this newly created folder and select Properties.

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

4. Then in the MachineKeys property sheet, highlight Everyone under Group or user names and click Edit button.

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

5. Moving on, in the Permissions for MachineKeys window, select Everyone under Group or user names and put check mark against all levels in Allow column under Permissions for Everyone. Click Apply followed by OK. Exit File Explorer.

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

6. Open Services snap-in. Make sure services named Peer Name Resolution Protocol, Peer Network Identity Manager and PNRP Machine Name Publication are running. If they’re not running, double click on them one by one and click Start. Then you can start Peer Networking Grouping service and it should work as expected.

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

Close Services snap-in. The issues you were facing in using HomeGroup should be resolved now.

FIX Error 1079: The account specified for this service is different from the account specified for the other services running in the same process

1. Open Services snap-in. Right click Peer Networking Grouping service and select Properties.

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

2. Next, in the property dailog box, switch to Log On tab. Select This account option and type Local Service in the input box next to it. Keep the Password and Confirm Password field empty. Click Apply then OK.

FIX Windows Could Not Start The Peer Networking Grouping Service On Local Computer For Windows 10

You can now retry to start Peer Networking Grouping service and this time error will no longer appear.

Hope this helps!


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58 Comments

  • Thanks this was really helpful. thought I wouldn’t be able to get it done.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help :)

  • Thnx a lot man!!!! Awsm Solution.. Even microsoft site has not batter solution like this

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Awesome :D

  • Thanks a lot. This works!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad it worked! :)

  • Awesome!! Very Helpful.. It Works charmingly!! Thanks A Lot!!

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    ^^ Cool :D

  • Love you bro ^^ Thx ^^

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Welcome!

  • Followed verbatim, but still not working. Couldn’t remove passwords and error 1068 and 1079 still present?

  • Thank you! You’re awesome!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for your valuable feedback!

  • After much grief trying other ways of solving error 1068 this worked perfectly. Thank you so much.

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    ^^ Nice :D

  • just thanks man! Two days for fixing a pc after just changing a motherboard, when I got this error I wanted to cry…. :)

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    ^^ Very cool :)

  • This worked for me after hours of troubleshooting. Thank you!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Perfect 😎

  • THIS WORKED! THANK YOU!!!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Great!

  • Yep, worked for me too. Thank you. :-)

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  • This worked. Thanks for the advice. Microsoft should hire you.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Lol :)

  • Got an error: 1057 instead on the fix for 1079.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ In that case, follow steps mentioned here: http://www.kapilarya.com/the-dependency-service-does-not-exist-or-has-been-marked-for-deletion

  • This worked for me. Thanks YOU!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad it worked ☺️

  • Wow!!!! worked for me.Thanks

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You’re most welcome 😊

  • It works. Thanks a lot.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ 👍

  • YEAH!! This solved the problem.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad to see it helped you!

  • Thank you so much, you are a genius dude!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for your feedback!

  • It did not work for me. When I created the machinekey folder was it supposed to remain empty? I must be missing something. Help, please.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ After creating the folder (obviously it will be empty), do a reboot and then go ahead with remaining steps, see if it works that way for you.

  • I tried it. It didn’t work for me. Still getting 1068 error on PNG ; the passwords keep reappearing after deletion. On PNRP, error 0x80630203, unable to access key. I was able to start both homegroup services, but without PNRP and PNG, I can’t create homegroup. This is frustrating. I’m about ready to go back to windows 7.

  • worked! Thanks!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ :)

  • Thank you for your help man, you are an ace!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Happy to help 😊

  • thanks lot of . its very very helpfull man… fr indonesia

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Great ☺️

  • Great & Thank you so Much . I have this problem for a long time whenever I have formatted My Laptop

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    ^^ Nice 🙂

  • Great! Thank you very much

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    ^^ ☺️

  • You are THE MAN!!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Wohoo!

  • Yes, Yes, Yes this is the only solution I could find that actually works. Thanks your a genious.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Feedback like this made my day, thank you ☺️

  • Does That Mean I Could Delete The MachineKeys.old file?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Yup, if you like.

  • Thank you , it was very helpful

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Perfect!

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