is a group of PCs on a home network that can share files and printers. Using a homegroup makes sharing easier. You can share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers with other people in your homegroup.
You can help protect your homegroup with a password, which you can change at any time.
Other people can't change the files that you share unless you give them permission to do so.
After you create or join a homegroup, you select the libraries (for example, My Pictures or My Documents) that you want to share. You can prevent specific files or folders from being shared, and you can share additional libraries later.
PCs must be running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows RT to participate in a homegroup. HomeGroup is available in all editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
This tutorial is designed to help you create, join, and use a homegroup. Because the instructions can vary for different Windows operating systems, open this tutorial on each PC so that you see the correct instructions for that PC, or use the selector at right to choose a Windows operating system.
To move through the tutorial, click each step in the left pane or click Next below, completing each step before moving on.
In Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, and Windows RT, you can join a homegroup, but you can’t create one.