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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 with other Windows 7 computers on your home network.

Only computers running Windows 7 can join a homegroup. There is no backwards compatibility with Windows XP or Vista, and Mac OS and Linux users can’t join the party either!

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

Click Join Now.

The Join a homegroup dialog box appears.

4

Select the items you would like to share with your homegroup. Click Next.

You can select one or more of the following check boxes: Pictures, Music, Videos, Documents, or Printers.

5

Enter the password for the homegroup. Click Next.

If you don’t know the homegroup password, go to another computer that is already a member of the homegroup and from the Control Panel, click Network and Internet, then click HomeGroup, and then click View or Print the HomeGroup Password.

 
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