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How to Ease Security between Homegroup and Workgroup Networks

Windows 7 now calls small networks homegroups — they used to be called workgroups in Windows Vista and Windows XP. If you want to share files over a mixed homegroup and workgroup network, you need to know [more…]

How to Repair a Network Connection in Windows 7

Windows 7 is designed for networking and working with the Internet, so when your network connection isn’t working, it can be particularly frustrating. Fortunately, Windows 7 comes with a built-in troubleshooter [more…]

How to Add a Windows 7 PC to an Older Network

If any of the computers in your house or small office use Windows XP or Vista, you have to change some settings in order for these older PCs recognize your Windows 7 PCs on a network. In order to get all [more…]

How to Limit Folder Access on a Windows 7 HomeGroup

So you have a HomeGroup established and you want to block a folder so that no one in your Windows 7 HomeGroup can view it. With HomeGroup, you don’t have to worry about all the complicated permissions [more…]

How to Connect to a VPN in Windows 7

Windows 7 makes it easy to connect to a VPN so that you can share files, programs, and peripheral devices, such as printers and scanners. Many VPNs are setup using the traditional wired Ethernet connection [more…]

How to Access the Windows Home Server Console in Windows 7

Once you’ve established a Windows Home Server network and set up the WHS Connector program on a Windows 7 PC, you can easily access the Windows Home Server Console from any PC that’s connected to the server [more…]

How to Set Up a Homegroup in Windows 7

The easiest way to set up a network for sharing files and devices is to use the new Homegroup feature in Windows 7. Setting up a Homegroup in Windows 7 streamlines the network creation process and provides [more…]

How to Join a Homegroup in Windows 7

Unlike most network connections, joining a Homegroup in Windows 7 is quick and painless. Windows 7 added the new Homegroup feature to streamline the networking process and provide a simple way to let every [more…]

How to Install a Wired Network in Windows 7

How to Let Windows 7 PCs Recognize Windows XP Home PCs on a Network

These days almost every home has a computer network. But if one of the PCs in your home uses Windows XP, you need to change the WORKGROUP name in order to let your Windows 7 PC recognize the Windows XP [more…]

Windows 7: Set Up an Inbound Exception in Windows Firewall

When you use a firewall — and you should — you change the way your computer communicates with other computers on the Internet. The firewall blocks all incoming communications unless you set up a specific [more…]

Windows 7: Why You Need Windows Home Server

The Windows Home Server (WHS) is an addition that you can purchase to supplement Windows 7. WHS is designed to manage your network for you. To help you decide whether you want to make the investment in [more…]

How to Add Network Options to the Windows 7 Start Menu

If you tend to work with network settings quite a bit, you may want to permanently add the network options to your Windows 7 Start menu. The network options include Connect To [more…]

How to Add a Shared Printer to a HomeGroup Network in Windows 7

Windows 7 is designed around networking. Consequently, Microsoft has designed it to be easy to add a network printer to a HomeGroup network using Windows 7. And thanks to HomeGroup networking, when you [more…]

How to Add Windows Home Server Shared Folders to a Windows 7 Library

Windows Home Server is a wonderful tool for managing your files over a network. But where you'll really see the power of WHS is when you add the Windows Home Server shared folders to your Windows 7 libraries [more…]

How to Change a Network Type in Windows 7

When you connect to a network, the main question that Windows asks is whether you’re connecting to a home, work, or public network? Windows uses the information to determine how secure your system needs [more…]

Understanding Windows Home Server for Windows 7

Windows Home Server (WHS) is a feature-packed addition to your Windows 7 world that has a great track record of not being buggy. To get the most out of WHS, it's important to understand what it can do [more…]

How to Add a Windows 7 Computer to a Windows Home Server Network

Adding a Windows 7 computer to an already established Windows Home Server network takes just a few minutes. Once you’ve connected the new PC to the server, the WHS will go straight to work collecting data [more…]

How to Add a Username to a Windows Home Server List

The Windows Home Server (WHS) allows you to have up to ten users at a time. Each user must use an approved logon name and password to access the files and to ensure that their files are protected. Adding [more…]

How to Share an Internet Connection in Windows 7

Windows 7 makes it easy for you to get connected to the Internet and to share an Internet connection with other computers in your network. You can use the Windows Internet Connection Sharing feature to [more…]

How to Map a Network Folder in Windows 7

If your computer is part of a LAN and you want to use files that are stored in folders on a networked computer, you'll want to map a drive letter to that network folder to make it easier to access. Mapping [more…]

How to Change a HomeGroup Password in Windows 7

To connect to a HomeGroup, you need a password, so Microsoft creates a password every time you set up a new HomeGroup. Although Windows assigns an arbitrary password to you, you can change it at any time [more…]

How to Add Folders to a Windows 7 HomeGroup

If you have a HomeGroup established, you might want to share a new folder with the group. Windows 7 makes it easy to add folders to your HomeGroup. In fact, it’s much easier to add folders to a HomeGroup [more…]

How to Connect to a WPA2 Protected Network in Windows 7

Every network — even home or small-business networks — should be protected by a WPA2 encryption. Once your wireless network is set up, secure, and ready to use, it’s time to connect your PC. To connect [more…]

Set Up a Secure Wireless Network in Windows 7

Creating networks in Windows 7 is easier than ever, but setting up a secure wireless network takes a little bit more thought. Every wireless network — even home or small-business networks — should have [more…]

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