Windows 7 Networking Tutorial

Network and sharing center is used to manage the networking resources such as adapter settings, IP configurations, domain settings, homegroup settings and many more. Homegroup is the upgraded version of existing workgroup service. Homegroup is easy to setup in comparison of workgroup. In this article we will setup a new homegroup from network and sharing center.

Setup Network Homegroup in Windows 7

Click Network icon from task bar and click Network and Sharing Center link

Network icon in task bar

If you don't see the network icon in task bar, open My Computer and click Network icon from left side pane. It will bring Network and Sharing Center option in tool bar. Click it.

Network and sharing center

In Network and sharing center click HomeGroup option from left pane

homegroup option in network sharing center

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 Network and sharing center 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.