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How to Set Up Homegroup Network Sharing with Windows


In the past, you had to worry about creating user accounts and share permissions when trying to share files on a network. Homegroup is a new feature that was added with Windows 7. Using homegroup makes sharing easier than before. It is an easy way for computers to connect to each other to share documents, pictures or printers on a home network. If you are running Windows 7 or later, you can create or join a homegroup.

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If you haven't already created a homegroup, you need to create one. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel
    • If you are at the Windows 8 start screen, press the Windows Logo key + X from the keyboard and select Control Panel from the menu that opens.
    • For Windows 7, click the Start button and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet
  3. Click HomeGroup, and then click Create a homegroup. The homegroup screen should appears as shown below.

  4. Click Next, and then follow the instructions to complete the setup. You'll be able to choose the files and devices you want to share, and set permission levels.
  5. Click Finish to complete the Homegroup setup.

After someone creates a homegroup, then the next step is to join it. Before you can access files and printers located on other computers, you'll need the homegroup password which you can get from the person who created the homegroup.

To join a homegroup

Follow these steps on the computer you want to add to the homegroup:

  1. Open Control Panel, and type homegroup in the search box, and then click HomeGroup.
  2. Click Join now, and then complete the wizard.

Last Modified: 2015-04-27.