Quickly Share Files Between PCs Using HomeGroup in Windows 7

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If you have two or more PCs at your home then you can easily create a HomeGroup in Windows 7, and share files and media between them using the networking feature. You can share images, videos and other documents very easily using this feature.

To use this feature, you have to create a homegroup on one computer and join it from other computers. Once the process is complete, you can start sharing files and folders between those computers.

How to create a Homegroup in Windows 7

Click the “Start” button and type homegroup in the search box. Press Enter.

homegroup windows 7

On the HomeGroup window, click on “create a homegroup” button.

Create Homegroup

A password will appear on your screen. This password is needed at the time when you are connecting the other computer to your Homegroup. Write down the password or take a print of it. Click “Finish”.

create homegroup in windows

Now select the files you want to share. You can share library files and attached printer. Also you can stream pictures, music and videos to all the devices of your home network. After selecting your choice, click on “save changes” button.

homegroup files

How to join a Homegroup

Suppose you have two computers in your home. On the first computer you created a home group. Now you can join that homegroup on your second PC.

In the second computer, click on Start button and type Homegroup in the search box. Press Enter key. A Homegroup screen will appear as shown in the screenshot below. Click on “Join now” button.

homegroup windows

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Now select the library folder you want to share. Here I am sharing my music folder.

homegroup share folders

It will ask you to enter the password. Enter the password generated during creation of Homegroup in the first step, and click the “Next” button.

homegroup password

After you have successfully joined the group, click “Finish”.

homegroup joined

Now, go to system explorer and click on “Homegroup” given on the left. The PC connected with Homegroup appears on the right. Click on it to access the shared files.

homegroup PC

In the screenshot below, the music folder is shared. I clicked on it to access all the music files of that PC.

homegroup music folder

Here are the music files. Now I can play any music file present inside the folder just like I’d play files on my own computer.

homegroup music

That’s how you can easily share files and media between two or more computers.

Do you know any other methods to share files and folders, without using a third-party software? Mention those tools in the comments.

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  1. The Sentinel says:

    What if one the 2nd computer the previous homegroup didnt show up and didnt give me the option to join

  2. Himanshu says:

    My god!! you made me look as if i’ve done this because my name is also Himanshu! anyways, thnxx

  3. Aliasgar Babat says:

    It’s handy to have a HomeGroup type of network like this. I do it through RHUB’s 6-in-1 appliance, which also gives me remote and multi-party access.

  4. Ajit says:

    but it is not enough fast

  5. Vijay says:

    i cant able to access my homegroup pc plz suggest something…!!!

    • ziyad says:

      you might have several networks connections plus to the main one is activated turn them off

  6. Yes it is me says:

    I have done this and i can find the shared folder and its contents.BUT when i try to play the files it it sits for about 10 to 20 sec then play 1 to 2 seconds of the file and stops then the folder and files stops responding.
    I can see the folders and files both in Homegroup and on local network but i cannot play them
    This started after i updated my win 7 machine and changed my router.
    To sum up
    Can find folders and files
    Files stop playing after 2 sec then stop responding
    Close files and folders and same problem continnues