Description of Windows® 7 workgroup setup
Discuss the details to set up Windows 7 workgroup.
Workgroup is a method for connecting computers in a network for sharing resources and responsibilities. Workgroup is based on peer-to-peer technology. There are other methods also. They are domains and home groups. The lack of any similarity between theses methods is in the way of managing the resources and the systems on the network. A computer which runs Windows while it is on a network should be in a workgroup. But the computer on a home network which uses Windows may not be a part of a home network. The systems would be a part of work group or a home group if they are on a home network. In a work group, all systems have equal importance and none can control another. For logging onto any computer on a work group, they should have a user account for sure. In a work group, there would be a maximum of 20 computers. Since all the systems are on the same local network, the work group is not password protected.
Discussed below are some methods for Windows 7 workgroup setup:
- First method
- Second method
- How to share files and printers
Windows would create a work group and a name for that work group when you go for a network setup. You can create a new work group or join an existing one according to your wish. First click on the ‘Start’ button. Then click the tabs for ‘Control panel’, ‘System and maintenance’, and finally ‘System’. Now click on ‘Change settings’ shown under computer name, domain, and work group settings. Then click on the tab for ‘Computer name’ and then click on ‘Change’. Below the option member of, click on ‘Work group’. Now go for any one option. Either click ‘To join an existing work group’ or click ‘To create a new work group’. Then enter the name for the work group and click ‘Ok’. If you are already a member of a domain before, then after doing these things, that account would be disabled.
Select ‘Properties’ by clicking the right side of the mouse by keeping it on ‘Computer’. Select ‘Change settings’ shown under computer name, domain. Give password or confirmation if you are asked to do so. Now in the system properties, click on ‘Computer name’ and then click the ‘Change’ option. Click ‘Work group’ shown below the ‘Member of’ in the dialog box of computer name/domain changes. Select any one option now to continue. You can either join an existing work group or you can create a new one. After doing this, give the name for the work group and then click ‘Ok’. The domain account of the user would be disabled if he is a member of a domain before joining a work group.
First of all, be sure that both systems are under the same work group which has its name as ‘Workgroup’. In a computer using Windows 7, click on ‘Changed advanced sharing settings’ by selecting 'Network and sharing centre' which is in the 'Control panel'. Verify the settings for the profile you need which is shown below the advanced sharing settings. Turn off the password protection if any user wants to access the shares which are public. If you check the network in Windows 7 machine, you can see the other machine you are going to share something with. For sharing a printer in Windows 7, double click on the icon for printer by getting into 'Devices and printers'. Now click on ‘Customize’. Type the share name by selecting the 'Sharing' tab in 'Properties'. To see the shared devices, click on 'Network' in Windows 7 machine.
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