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Published on 07.20.09 by Brent Trahan

Create a HomeGroup

Learn how to create a new HomeGroup in Windows 7.

A HomeGroup is a new feature of Windows 7 that makes it very easy to share pictures, music, documents, videos, and printers with other trusted computers on your home network.

How do I create a new HomeGroup?

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Select HomeGroup in the Control Panel.

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    Note: If HomeGroup is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select Create a homegroup.

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    Note: If you receive a message saying the network location needs to be set to Home before you can create or join a HomeGroup, check out my Change Network Location guide.

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  4. Check off what type of files you want to share and then click Next.

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  5. Write down the password in the yellow box. The password is case sensitive. Other computers will need this password to join the HomeGroup you just created.

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  1. Bill Tompkins says:

    On my homegroup page (under control panel) all I get is ” this computer can’t connext to a homegroup ”

    And then under that , it says ” before you create or join a homegroup , you must first connect to a network ” then says below ” connect to an exiating network ”

    And there is no existing network, I unfortunatley somehow irreversably deleted my existing modem from the network, which had been all but useless since my cable was shut off, I didn’t even realize what I was causing when I did , what ever caused it to not (wirelessly ) recognize my ( shut off ) network, but now, I cant connect to my HP All in one Pro 8500

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