A home network is basically two or more home PCs that are connected to each other by a common internet connection making it easier to share files, stream data or even play games between such devices. PCs connected via a wireless network offer the convenience of mobility and are recommended over wired connections. One of the biggest advantages of a home network is that you can print from any device on the network simply by connecting one of the devices to a printer. Home groups are easy to set up in Windows 8 and help you share libraries and printers easily. In this Windows 8 tutorial, we take a look at how to create a home group in Windows 8.
How to Setup a HomeGroup in Windows 8
1. Navigate to the Settings charm.
2. Click Change PC settings, and then click HomeGroup.
3. In the right pane, click Create.
4. In the next screen, select the libraries and devices you want to share with other devices on your home group. You can also share media devices such as TV and game consoles on HomeGroups.
If you scroll down the screen, you will notice a password that is generated by your Windows PC.
Note down that password. If other users want to join the home group, they will have to input the password.
You can now follow the same process to connect all PCs in the group. Only difference with other devices will be that instead of creating the homegroup, users will simply join them.
Key Points to Remember when Creating A HomeGroup
- You cannot create a homegroup if you are using Windows RT, but you can join a homegroup.
- You must turn on Network an Sharing for HomeGroups to work.
- If there is already a device in your home network that is on a home group, you cannot create a new homegroup. You can only join it.
- PCs on Windows 7 can also join a homegroup created on a Windows 8 device.
Have you setup a homegroup to share libraries and printers at home? What’s been your experience.