Before you can access files or a printer on another computer, you must add that computer to your homegroup. Computers that belong to your homegroup will appear in Windows Explorer. For more information about adding computers to your homegroup, see Add computers to a homegroup.
In the navigation pane (the left pane), under Homegroup, click the user account name of the person whose files you want to access.
In the file list, double-click the library you want to access, and then double-click the file or folder you want.
Computers that are turned off, hibernating, or asleep won't appear in the navigation pane.
If you have made homegroup files or folders available offline, and then you disconnect from the network, the files or folders will no longer be visible in your Libraries window. To find them, open the Network folder.
For quick access, you can include a shared folder from another homegroup member's computer in your own library.
On the other homegroup member's computer, right-click the folder, click Share with, and then select either Homegroup (Read) or Homegroup (Read/Write).
In the navigation pane (left pane), under Homegroup, click the computer you want to access.
In the right pane, right-click and drag the folder you want to your library.
When you release the mouse button, a menu appears. Click Include in library.
There are three ways to connect to a homegroup printer: automatically, semi-automatically, and manually. It depends on the type of printer you have.
To connect automatically, you don’t have to do anything. The printer will be listed in Devices and Printers as soon as you join the homegroup. To check for it, follow these steps:
If the printer isn't listed in Devices and Printers, but you see a message saying "Windows found a homegroup printer," click the message. This will install the printer.
If you don't see "Windows found a homegroup printer," you can still connect manually by following these steps:
Make sure the Printers check box is selected.
Go to the computer you want to print from.
Open HomeGroup by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, typing homegroup in the search box, and then clicking HomeGroup.
Click Install printer.
If you don't already have a driver installed for the printer, click Install driver in the dialog box that appears.
After the printer is installed, you can access it through the Print dialog box in any program, just like a printer that's directly connected to your computer. The computer that the printer is connected to must be turned on to use the printer.