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Published on 07.20.09 by Brent Trahan

Allow Write Access to Shared Files or Folders Using HomeGroup

Learn how to allow people in a HomeGroup to edit or delete files that are shared with the HomeGroup in Windows 7.

Let’s say you have a desktop computer at home and a laptop that you take to school that are both on the same HomeGroup. You’ve been working on a word document at the desktop computer and now you want to work on it from the laptop in front of the TV.

By default you can view a file shared on another computer in your HomeGroup but you can’t edit or delete it.

This guide shows you how to allow a computer (the laptop in this case) to edit or delete files or folders on another computer in your HomeGroup (the desktop).

How do I edit or delete files or folders shared in my HomeGroup?

  1. Go to the computer in the HomeGroup that has the file or folder you want to allow other computers in the HomeGroup to edit or delete files.
  2. Navigate to and select the file or folder you want to allow write access in Windows Explorer.


  3. Select Share with at the top of Windows Explorer and choose Homegroup (Read/Write).

All computers in the HomeGroup now can read, edit, and delete the file or folder (and files in the folder) on the computer.

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