Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tips: How to add more than one computers to a homegroup in Windows 7

We have already so many times discussed about Home Group and its configuration. In the same way, let’s have another article about the same. This step by step instructions in this article provide a brief tour of the new Home Group feature in Windows 7. These instructions are that you’ve two computers running Windows 7 and at least one of them has Windows 7 Home Premium or better in the same network. Make sure that neither of the computer is a member of a homegroup or is joined a domain.

Now, let’s try preparing each computer.
1.    It is required to click Start, type Network and Sharing Center in the search box and then press the enter key.
2.    Now, in the View your active networks area, make sure that network type is Public Network.
3.    If not, it is required to click Home network or Work network.
4.    Then, click Public Network.
5.    Now, you can follow the steps from 2 in the second computer.
These following steps are for creating a homegroup on the first computer. Follow them.
1.    On the first computer, which must be running Windows 7 Home Premium or better.
2.    Then, click Start, type Network and Sharing Center in the search box and then press the enter key.
3.    Now, under the View your active networks area and click Public network.
4.    In the Set Network Location dialog box, it is required to click Home Network.
5.    Once you change the network location, you can see the Create a Home Group wizard to start automatically.
6.    On the Share with other home computers running Windows 7 page, select the Documents check box, and then click Next.
7.    This is used to share documents with the homegroup in addition to pictures, musics, videos and printers.
8.    The Create a HomeGroup wizard is able to create a strong password as shown in the below image.
9.    It is required to use this password to join additional computers to the homegroup.
10.    After recording the password, click Finish to close the wizard.



Now, let’s discuss about adding a second computer to the homegroup.
1.    On the second computer, click on the start button and type Network Sharing Center.
2.    Then, press the enter key.
3.    Click Public Network under the View your active network area.
4.    Now, in the Set Network Location dialog box, click Home Network.
5.    Once you change the network location, you can see the Create a Home Group wizard to start automatically.
6.    Then, on the Share with other home computers running Windows 7 page, it is required to select the Documents check box.
7.    Then, click Next.
8.    Now, on the Type the HomeGroup password page, type the password that you recorded from the first computer and then click Next.
9.    Remember that the passwords are case sensitive. Therefore, it is required to type the password as exactly shown on the first computer.
10.    Now, you can join the homegroup by clicking on the finish button.


The following steps are to configure homegroup settings.

1.    Type homegroup in the search box after clicking on the start button.
2.    Then, press the enter key.
3.    As shown in the below image, you can change many settings. The options are:
•    Choosing the libraries to share
•    Streaming media with devices on your network
•    Viewing or changing the homegroup password
•    Starting the HomeGroup troubleshooter

You can use the following steps to view the files shared with the homegroup.

1.    First, it is required to open the Windows Explorer.
2.    Click homegroup from the Navigation Pane to see all the computers that are members of the homegroup.
3.    Now, you can expand the homegroup computer to see all shared Libraries on the computer as shown in the below image.
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