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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.


    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.


    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.


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


  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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