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How to Rename User Accounts on a Windows 7 Home Network

With Windows 7 user accounts, several people can use the same computer or network without affecting each other’s personal settings or files. You can rename your Windows 7 user account at any time — you [more…]

How to Join a HomeGroup on a Windows 7 Home Network

Any computer on your home network that is running any version of Windows 7 can join a homegroup. Remember that a Windows 7 homegroup allows you to share documents, music, pictures, videos, and printers [more…]

How to Configure Nintendo Wii on Your Home Network

Connecting your Nintendo Wii gaming console to a wireless home network and broadband Internet connection is relatively simple. The Nintendo Wii has built-in Wi-Fi networking capabilities. To set up wireless [more…]

How to Configure Sony PlayStation 3 on Your Home Network

The Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) gaming console comes configured out of the box, ready for use on a wireless home network with a broadband Internet connection. The PS3 has built-in Wi-Fi networking capabilities [more…]

How to Configure Microsoft Xbox 360 on Your Home Network

Connecting your Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming console to a wireless home network and broadband Internet connection is relatively painless. Most Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles require you to buy and install Microsoft’s [more…]

How to Leave a Windows 7 Network HomeGroup

If you no longer want to share files with others on a Windows 7 homegroup created on a home network, you can leave the homegroup at any time. Perhaps you’ve been voted off the island. Or you didn’t get [more…]

How to Share Folders and Files in a Windows 7 Network HomeGroup

Homegroups in Windows 7 make it easy to share files, folders, music, pictures, videos, and printers with other people on your home network. After you have created or joined a Windows 7 homegroup, use these [more…]

How to Access Public Folders in a Windows 7 Home Network

Each Windows 7 library has a Public folder that allows you to share documents, pictures, videos, and music with anyone on your computer or network. Anyone with a user account on your computer or network [more…]

Turning Off and On Network Discovery on Your Windows 7 Home Network

Network discovery is a Windows 7 feature that helps computers on your home network find other computers and devices on your network easily. Network discovery is turned on [more…]

Turning On/Off File and Printer Sharing in a Windows 7 Home Network

On your Windows 7 home network, you may need to disable (or enable) file and printer sharing (for example, if you are troubleshooting a network problem or trying to prevent a virus from spreading on your [more…]

Turning Off and On Public Folder Sharing in a Home Network

On your Windows 7 home network, you can control whether Public folders can be accessed and shared across your network, or only on the computer someone is logged into. You can change these settings in the [more…]

Changing Media Streaming Options on a Windows 7 Home Network

You can easily share and stream media, such as music, pictures, TV programs, and videos across your home network with Windows 7. If you want to control what can be streamed across your Windows 7 network [more…]

Changing File Encryption Settings on a Windows 7 Home Network

Typically, you want to use the strongest encryption available in Windows 7 to protect the files on your home network. If you have a device that does not support the maximum encryption setting in Windows [more…]

Turning Off and On Password Protected Sharing in a Home Network

In a Windows 7 home network, a username and password is required (by default) to access shared files and folders across your home network. You can easily turn off password protected sharing if, for example [more…]

Changing HomeGroup Connection Settings on a Windows 7 Home Network

Letting Windows 7 manage your homegroup connections is the easiest way to share files and printers on your home network. But if some computers on your network are running Windows Vista, Windows XP, or [more…]

How to Share Miscellaneous Files and Folders on a Windows 7 Home Network

In addition to Windows 7 libraries, custom folders, and Public folders on a home network, you can share any folder on your computer. When sharing a folder, you also share all of the files and folders within [more…]

How to Share an Entire Hard Disk on a Windows 7 Home Network

You can easily share an entire hard disk on a Windows 7 home network if you don’t need to control who has access to the files and folders on your computer. Sharing the entire disk means anyone you give [more…]

How to Access Shared Disks and Folders on a Windows 7 Home Network

Once you’ve set up (or been granted the right to use) sharing for files, folders, and disks on a Windows 7 home network, you need to know how to access those shared files, folders, and disks. Remember [more…]

Changing the HomeGroup Password on a Windows 7 Network

When you set up a homegroup in Windows 7, the homegroup password that Windows 7 automatically generates is a bit cryptic, but you can change it at any time. Windows 7 initially supplies an obscure password [more…]

Changing Sharing Options for a Windows 7 Home Network

After creating or joining a homegroup for your Windows 7 home network, you might decide to change which libraries and printers you want to share. Also, although the computer is a member of the homegroup [more…]

How to View Performance Information in the Windows 7 Action Center

In addition to security and maintenance details, the Windows 7 Action Center gives you quick access to other Control Panel features, such as computer performance information. To use Action Center to view [more…]

How to Hide the Action Center Notification Icon in Windows 7

You can choose to hide the Windows 7 Action Center Notification icon (white flag) in the notification area on the right side of the Windows 7 taskbar if you no longer want it displayed. The following steps [more…]

Deciding Where to Save Backups on a Windows 7 Home Network

You can save your Windows 7 home network backups on several different types of media using Windows Backup. These include hard drives, CDs, DVDs, USB flash drives, and network shares. With Windows 7 offering [more…]

Viewing and Deleting Old Backups on a Windows 7 Home Network

The Windows Backup feature in Windows 7 is great for scheduling automatic backups to help ensure your important home network files are regularly backed up. Unfortunately, Windows 7 doesn’t offer an automated [more…]

How to Restore Files from a Windows 7 Backup

You should know how to restore files from a Windows 7 backup in case that dreaded day comes and you discover that you’ve accidentally deleted your iTunes library or a virus has wreaked havoc on your files [more…]

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