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 because it’s more secure than using a default password that everyone in the world will know (like default or homegroup).

You need your homegroup password only to join a computer to the homegroup, so there’s really no reason to change your homegroup password from the one that’s automatically generated for you. But if you choose to do so, you can follow the simple steps below.

1

Open the Windows Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet.

The Network and Internet window appears.

2

Under HomeGroup, click Choose HomeGroup and Sharing Options.

The HomeGroup window appears.

3

Under Other HomeGroup Actions, click Change the Password.

The Change Your HomeGroup Password dialog box appears.

4

Click Change the Password.

Windows 7 supplies a new password for you. You can use this password, generate another password, or choose your own password.

5

Type your own homegroup password or click the refresh button to the right of the text box to generate another new password (optional). Click Next.

After clicking Next, Windows 7 displays a dialog box stating that the homegroup password was successfully changed.

6

Click Finish.

Remember that you will need to change the homegroup password on all of the other computers on your network for them to participate in your homegroup.

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