Basic Networking Tutorials

Sharing service was included in windows system from its earlier version. But discovering and using it was a tough task for average users. This situation was changed by homegroup. Homegroup is a group of two or more computers those are setup for easy file sharing.

Homegroup was introduced from windows 7. It is available in all edition of windows 7 and higher version of windows such as windows 8 and windows 10. With each version of Windows, Microsoft also releases some low cost editions with limited features. A low cost edition can join the homegroup, but it cannot create new one. Window 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home basic editions are the examples of low cost edition.

Sharing service was made easier by homegroup. With homegroup sharing becomes a few clicks task. This task does not require any networking specific skills. A user with little networking knowledge can easily setup or maintain his home network.

Homegroup setup wizard gives us a password. Other users in network require this password to join the homegroup. When a new computer joins the network, homegroup automatically share following folders.

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

HomeGroup Default Share

Windows 7 has new menu item "Share with" in Windows Explorer for sharing. With this features we can share additional files, folders, music, videos, printers, documents and much more with other users in network.

Share With Menu Windows Explorer

Homegroup in Nutshell

  • Homegroup feature was introduced with windows 7.
  • Low cost editions of windows 7 have limited features of homegroup.
  • Low cost editions can join the home group, but they cannot create new one.
  • A membership password is generated during the homegroup setting up process.
  • All other users require this password to join the homegroup.
  • Once joined all users are treated equally.
  • Any shared resources will be available for all users in Homegroup.
  • The Public folders are always shared with 'Read/Write' accesses.
  • Guest user account cannot access any shared resources.