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Windows 7 Homegroup

Today I am going to show you how to setup a Windows 7 homegroup.  The Windows 7 home group will allow you to easily share music, documents, pictures, videos and printers with the rest of your computers in your home network.  Creating a home group is especially important if you want to allow Windows 7 printer sharing on your home network. In order to create a Windows 7 home group you will need to do the following.

  1. Click Start button
  2. Go to the Control Panel
  3. Click Network and Internet
  4. Click on Homegroup

Create Windows 7 Homegroup

Once inside the Windows 7 Homegroup screen click on Create a Homegroup, it will then ask you what you want to share.  Once you select what you want to share, click the next button.  After you select what you want to share, Windows 7 will then give you a homegroup password.  Make sure you write down or print this homegroup password, since you will need this password to allow all your other computers to join the homegroup.

Windows 7 Homegroup

If you ever forget this password you can always retrieve it by going to the following.

  1. Control Panel
  2. Network and Internet
  3. Homegroup

Once inside the homegroup window look towards the bottom of the screen and click on View or print the homegroup password.

Connect other computers to Windows 7 homegroup

Now that you have your first pc inside your Windows 7 homegroup, you will now need to connect all your other computers to this homegroup. To allow another pc to connect to the Windows 7 homegroup, you need to login at each of your other computers and going to the following.

  1. Click start
  2. Go to control panel
  3. Click Network and Internet
  4. Click on Homegroup

Once inside the homegroup screen, you pc should now detect the previously created homegroup.  You can now select what you want this pc to share on your homegroup.  All you have to do now is enter the Windows 7 homegroup password and click the next button.  You have now successfully created and added computers to your Windows 7 homegroup.

 

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