Connect Two or More Windows Computers Using Homegroup

Setting up a home network has never been easier than now, using the Homegroup feature first introduced in Windows 7 and also in Windows 8.

Start by first making sure each computer to be added to a homegroup has the same Workgroup name. To find out the Workgroup name, right click on ‘Computer’ and select Properties.

(On Windows 8 , right click on ‘This PC’ and select Properties.) thispc

If the name has never been changed, it defaults to ‘Workgroup’.

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Windows 7

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Windows 8

Each computer has a default password for Homegroup. On one computer open the Homegroup by going to the Control Panel and clicking’ ‘Homegroup’.

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Copy or print the password on this computer and then Cancel out.

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On the other computer/computers, open the Control Panel and click on Homegroup. On this computer select ‘Change the password’  and type the password from the first computer and save the changes.

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After each computer now has the same password for Homegroup, you can access each computer by clicking the name in Computer on Windows 7.

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Or ‘This PC’ in Windows 8.

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How easy is that!