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How to create a HomeGroup in Windows 8.

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A HomeGroup is a group of computers and users on a home network that allows you to share files, pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers with other people in the same HomeGroup.

IMPORTANT:

  • After you create a HomeGroup, you will need to select the libraries (for example, My Pictures or My Documents) that you want to share.
  • You can choose to share or un-share libraries at any time.
  • Only computers using the Windows 8 or Windows 7 operating systems have the ability to join a Homegroup.

Follow these steps to set up and configure a HomeGroup.

  1. Point to (but do not click) the lower-right or top-right corner of the screen, and then click to select the Settings charm.
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    NOTE:  The Windows Logo + I key combination will also take you to the Settings screen.

  2. In the Settings screen, in the lower-right corner, click Change PC settings.
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  3. In the PC Settings screen, click the HomeGroup tab.
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  4. On the HomeGroup tab, click the Create button.
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    IMPORTANT:

    • Only one HomeGroup can exist on any single network.
    • If a HomeGroup already exists, you will not see the Create button, but rather a Join button.
    • To join an existing HomeGroup, enter the appropriate password (available from the computer that established the HomeGroup) and then click the Join button.
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  5. At this point the operating system will create the HomeGroup and the screen will change to allow the following settings to be changed:
    • On the HomeGroup tab, under Libraries and devices, click to select the library or device you wish to share or not share.
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    • Under Media devices, click to turn this feature On to allow all devices on the network to access content you have set to be shared.
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      IMPORTANT: This feature will need to be set to On if you wish to stream media over the network to a DLNA-supported device.

    • Under Membership, the HomeGroup password will be displayed.
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      NOTE:  It is suggested that you commit to memory, write down or save the password in some manner because that password will need to be provided to and used by other computers and users in order to join the Homegroup.

    • If at any point you wish to leave the HomeGroup, you can click the Leave button.
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