Windows® 7 HomeGroup Features
What are the features of Windows 7 HomeGroup? Explain its role, benefits, and ways to use this feature.
HomeGroup is the mechanism for sharing files, printers and other resources on a home network. HomeGroup is an interesting feature of Windows 7, which makes easy sharing of music, video, picture and other documents libraries with others in your home network, without a server. HomeGroup mechanism is password protected and thereby gives protection from hackers and intruders. In this way it also provides privacy for data sharing in your network. Files can be marked as 'Read only' and protected from data manipulation. Although Windows 7 allows users to join in any HomeGroup, you could nevertheless create single HomeGroups in Professional, HomePremium, Enterprise, and Ultimate. This feature eliminates the need of work group functionality and thereby simplifies networking inside your home network.
Role, benefit and ways to use homegroup feature in Windows 7:
- Role of HomeGroup
- Benefits of HomeGroup
- Ways to use HomeGroup
Role of HomeGroup
In your home network, it would be useful for all users if you could access the printer and other devices through networking. HomeGroup is an utility in Windows 7 Operating Systems, which allows users to share data and various resources effectively through home network. Set-up time required to set HomeGroup is less making it all the more interesting and user-friendly.
Benefits of HomeGroup
The most important benefit of HomeGroup in Windows 7 is fast and reliable data sharing. Another important benefit is the security in data transfer between HomeGroup members. This feature enables resource sharing power in your network that reduces cost of setting up additional resources for every system in the home network. In addition, low maintenance cost and the ability to share all data file types make this utility popular and efficient.
If you want to set up a HomeGroup in Windows 7, you need to set up a home network first. Later you could add other computers to your network for easy sharing of files and devices. You also need to set the network location as default network or home network. You may either create a HomeGroup or join other home groups. Create a HomeGroup password to ensure security of your printer and files. You could also customize the HomeGroup according to you.
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