Monday, October 11, 2010

Windows 7 HomeGroup Setup

       This is very helpful in sharing files and printers on a home network you can onnect two or more PCs running Windows 7.

Note: You can join a homegroup in any edition of Windows 7, but you can only create one in Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise.

HomeGroup feature in Windows 7  lets you create a home network with built-in and expandable sharing and access.  Windows 7 lets you establish three types of networks—
  • Home
  • Work
  • Public

You can create homegroup networks only if your computers are set to Home.
How To Configure your Windows 7 machines network as Home?
  1.  Open the Control Panel and choose Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center
  2.  Verify that under the Network icon you show "Home network." If not, click the link Public network or Work network—and choose Home Network instead.
  3. Choose “Homegroup and Sharing Options.” under  Network and Internet.
  4. The Homegroup window opens, click the button labelled, Create a Homegroup.
  5. Once the “Create a Homegroup” window opens, displaying the features you can share – Pictures, Documents, Music, Printers and Videos-(You need to check the boxes for those items you wish to share)
  6. Click the Next button. Now Windows 7 generates a password to allow other computer user(s) to join the Homegroup.
  7. Click Print password and instructions. You can share password information with other computer user(s) to share the data.
  8. Click the Finish button and Homegroup setup is done