How to Use Windows® 7 HomeGroup
Windows 7 help you to easily share files and printers across a network through the new home groups feature. A HomeGroup allows you to join computers to an ad-hoc grouping on a network created by you. If you opt to create one, you would be given a system generated password and this password needs to be entered for any other Windows 7 computer that you would like to share with. You could also select specific people instead of granting HomeGroup wide permissions as it seems to be limited to only users on the same computer as the directory being shared. Not only is it really easy to set up a HomeGroup network, it’s really easy to share files between computers and devices on a home network which is the whole purpose of networking up your machines in the first place.
The following points discuss the importance of HomeGroup Networking in Windows 7:
- Creating HomeGroup
- Joining HomeGroup
- Password forgotten
Windows 7 would prompt you to select the type of location as soon as you setup your network. Once you select Home Network, Windows networking would start applying the necessary settings for your new network created. The Home Group wizard would then prompt you to create your own HomeGroup and choose what to share. The wizard then generates a password which could be used to add other computers to this. Your new HomeGroup is now created where Pictures, Music, Videos, Printers folders are ready to be shared with other computers when they join this HomeGroup.
When other computer is connected to the same network, Windows 7 would prompt you that there is a HomeGroup available to join. Once you choose to join, Windows 7 would provide you with information about the HomeGroup on your network where you have to click Join Now to join to your HomeGroup. You would be prompted to enter the password which was generated during the creation of that HomeGroup. Entering the correct password would let you join the HomeGroup and choose what you want to share with others.
The password generated by then network wizard is hard to remember, thus being complex and secure. As you would love to be reminded of your password whenever you forget it, Windows 7 lets you view or print your password even after creating the HomeGroup in the HomeGroup options. It is certainly designed for ease and it does stay true to its promise of an easy end to end approach to sharing in your Home.
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