Windows 7 Networking Tutorial

For easy administration Windows system keeps links of all important services in control panel. We can use these links to manage the related services. Homegroup a service that makes networking easier also has its link in control panel. This article explains how we can invoke homegroup setup wizard from control panel and use it to setup a new homegroup.

Setup homegroup from control panel in Windows 7

Click Start button and click Control panel link

start button control panel

Click Choose homegroup and sharing options

control panel homegroup optoin

Window will check the existing homegroup. If it finds, it will show the setting options otherwise it will pops up the following Create a new homegroup wizard.

If you don't see the following window spotting the words Create a Homegroup, your Homegroup is already set up on this PC. You can change its setting instead of creating new one. If you still need a new homegroup, you have to remove the existing one. In our network this is the first homegroup so it will not find any other.

Click Create a homegroup

create a homegroup

Windows will automatically share following folders. If you don’t want to share any of these folders, uncheck the box. Selected folders will be visible and accessible to other computers connected to your HomeGroup.

Folder Name Path Permission
My Pictures %Username%\Pictures Read
Public Pictures %Public%\Pictures Read/Write
My Music %Username%\Pictures Read
My Videos %Username%\Pictures Read
Public Videos %Public%\Pictures Read/Write

Click Next to continue the wizard

homegroup default share

Homegroup is a membership based group. All members require a membership password to join the group. This password can obtain from the creator of homegroup. In our network this PC is the creator of homegroup so it will provide membership password to all other computers. Write down the membership password and click Finish.

homegroup default password

We have successfully created Homegroup from control panel option. In coming articles of this series we will explain other features of homegroup such as how to remove homegroup, how to change settings of homegroup, how to join the homegroup etc.