Find Other Computers on a Network through Windows 8

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Windows 8 is happy to help if you need to access files from another computer on your network—for example, grab files from the computer in your family room. In fact, the Windows Homegroup system makes it easier than ever to share files with other Windows PCs. Creating a Homegroup is as simple as entering the same password on every connected PC.

A network is simply a group of connected PCs, regardless of their operating system software — Windows 8, Windows XP, and so on — that can share things, such as your Internet connection, files, or a printer. Most people use a network every day without knowing it: Every time you check your e-mail, your PC connects to another PC on the Internet to grab your waiting messages.

To find a PC on your Homegroup or traditional network, open any folder and look at the bottom of the Navigation Pane along the folder's left edge.

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Click Homegroup in the Navigation Pane to see a list of other Windows PCs in your Homegroup; click Network to see every PC that's connected to your own PC in a traditional (but more difficult to set up) network. To browse files on any of those PCs in either category, just double-click their names.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.


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