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Set up Workgroup in Windows® 7

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What are the ways to set up workgroup in Windows 7?

Windows 7 is the latest Operating System release of Microsoft Windows. This could be used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs etc. Unlike its predecessor, Windows Vista, Windows 7 was intended to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows line, having the goal of being compatible with applications and hardware which Windows Vista was not at the time. This OS has got so many extra new features when compared to other Operating systems and improvements in performance are also delivered by using this Operating System. The work groups in Windows 7 could be easily setup.

Following are about work groups, its benefits and tips to set up workgroup:

  • Workgroups
  • Benefits of workgroups
  • Setting up of workgroup


A very nice feature of the Windows operating system is its ability to network computers together. The default network for the Windows operating system is generally called as ‘Workgroup’. That means it is the collection of computers that are on the local area network which would share common resources and responsibilities. The Microsoft Windows family of Operating Systems would support assigning of computers to named workgroups. As the number of systems in a workgroup grows, workgroup LANs would eventually become too difficult to administer and is being replaced with alternative solutions like domains or other client/server approaches.

Benefits of workgroups

The workgroups would then provide easy sharing of files, printers and other network resources. Since, it has got a peer-to-peer (P2P) network design, each workgroup computer might both share and access resources if configured to do so. Workgroups is generally designed for small LANs in homes, schools, and small businesses. A Windows Workgroup would function best with 15 or fewer computers. Time consumption could be greatly reduced.

Setting up of workgroup

When you set up a network, Windows would automatically create a workgroup. You could join an existing workgroup or could create a new one. Firstly, click Start button, Control Panel. Then click System and Maintenance, and then clicking System. Then under the Computer Name, Domain, and Workgroup Settings, you need to click Change settings. If you are prompted, give the administrator password .Then click ‘Name’ tab, and click ‘Change’. Then under ‘Member of’, you need to click ‘Workgroup’. To join the existing work group, you need to type the name of workgroup and then click ‘OK’. To create a new one, type the name of that work group and click ‘OK’. If you have changed the name of existing work group, a new work group would b created in that name.

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