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.

For example, you can add the Windows Home Server Photos shared folder to your Windows 7 Pictures library, which will give you enhanced access to all the photos on all the computers in the WHS network. It's a great idea to add the WHS Photos, Music, and Videos folder to your Windows 7 libraries to avoid wasting space with duplicates of the same thing.


In Windows 7, choose Start→Pictures.

You get an unremarkable — and fairly boring view of the Pictures library.


In the Pictures library window, to the right of the Includes line, click the link that says 2 Locations. (It might say a different number of locations.)

Windows 7 shows you the Pictures Library Locations dialog box.


Click the Add button.

Windows presents an Include Folder in Pictures dialog box.


On the left, click Network→Server. Select the Photos folder and click the Include Folder button.

If you call your WHS server something other than server, click that name on the left.


Click OK to exit the Pictures Library Locations dialog box.

Suddenly, you can treat all photos on the server as though they were on your Windows 7 computer.

Windows 7 doesn’t copy the photos to your computer. They’re still sitting safely on the server, but you and anyone else in your HomeGroup can access them directly.

You might also want to consider moving any photos, music, or videos you have to the corresponding Windows Home Server library. This makes them easier to share and available to any Windows XP or Vista computers in your network that can’t participate in a HomeGroup.