We launched a new IT training category! Check out the 140+ courses now.

Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Create a home network using HomeGroup

From: Windows 7 Essential Training

Video: Create a home network using HomeGroup

These days many households have more than one computer and to simplify the task of sharing files and printers over a home network, Microsoft has created a new interface in Windows 7 called HomeGroup, and this is where you're going to find the most common network based sharing tasks. So the first thing you need to do of course, is to set up your HomeGroup and that's what we're going to do right now. We do that by clicking the Windows Orb and then go up to Control panel and select it. Now we could go to Network and Internet and navigate through the options to find our HomeGroup options, but you'll notice we've got a quick link right below to choose homegroup and sharing options.

Create a home network using HomeGroup

These days many households have more than one computer and to simplify the task of sharing files and printers over a home network, Microsoft has created a new interface in Windows 7 called HomeGroup, and this is where you're going to find the most common network based sharing tasks. So the first thing you need to do of course, is to set up your HomeGroup and that's what we're going to do right now. We do that by clicking the Windows Orb and then go up to Control panel and select it. Now we could go to Network and Internet and navigate through the options to find our HomeGroup options, but you'll notice we've got a quick link right below to choose homegroup and sharing options.

When we select this and if it's your first time, you'll see the same message I am seeing, There is currently no homegroup on the network. So there is nothing set up for us to connect to and we haven't set up our own at this point. Notice down below it explains what you can do with a HomeGroup, exactly what we need to do, we want to share some files, we want to be able to share printers between the various computers, laptops etc, that will be connected to this HomeGroup. So before we can get into learning more about HomeGroups and changing advanced options and starting the troubleshooter, we need to create a HomeGroup.

So we'll click the Create a homegroup button, and then we'll decide what it is we want to be able to share. You may have noticed in your own User account, when you go to your Documents, you also have a public version of the documents, public version of pictures and music. Well, if you have these checked off, those folders will be shared. The contents of those folders are determined by the folder name. So we'll see pictures or photos in the Pictures folder and we'll see music files in the Music folder. We can also include our documents and if you've got everything selected, you are going to be able to share just about everything on your computer amongst those other computers on the network.

So select whatever you want and then click the Next button. Now it's going to take a moment, but before you can access files and printers located on other computers, we have to add those computers to the HomeGroup. So you would have on that other computer or laptop in your household, if you've got Windows 7, you will be able to go in and connect to the HomeGroup and this is the password that you'll need to use. So you might want to write it down or print it out. You can choose Print password and instructions. It will tell you exactly what to do.

I am just going to click this link, so we can take a peak. So we go to that other computer that's running Windows 7, click Start and Control panel, under Network and Internet, just like we saw, we have that link. Choose homegroup and sharing options and then in that case, we would join now and we would use the password that we see here to connect to the HomeGroup, as simple as that. The Print this page button allows you to send it to your printer so you can take it to that other computer. I am going to click Cancel and Finish. So when I do that I've actually setup the HomeGroup, it's set up on this computer, other computers can join and you can see everything is being shared here.

Of course, I can make changes at any time, if I really don't want to share my documents, we can deselect that, of course, anytime you make changes you need to save them by clicking Save changes and it takes you back out here. You want to make some further changes? Go back to Choose homegroup and sharing options and down below, notice you also have the ability to share media with devices. So if you wanted to stream pictures, music and videos to all of the other devices on your home network, select this check-box, and of course you'll need to save those changes as well.

Just before we do that though, we have some other homegroup actions down below, View or print the homegroup password, so if you forgot it, you lost that paper you printed out, you can always come back here, there it is again with the instructions and you can print that page. I am going to click Cancel. You can also change the password, the password that's given to you can be difficult to remember, click Change the password and then choose Change the password again and type over what's there. I am going to type the word password just to make it simple. It's a little bit dangerous.

You will want something that's a little bit more difficult to decipher, but I am going to click Next and that will change the password for my HomeGroup. It will tell me I can write it down in case I am going forget, I won't forget that one, so when I click Finish I come back to the HomeGroup screen. Now if I have any issues with HomeGroup there is a troubleshooter, we'll talk about that a little bit later. Right now, all we need to do is click Cancel and we have our HomeGroup. So that means, of course, that I would take that password, which I just changed to the word password and I'll go to any of my other computers running Windows 7 and be able to join with that password.

So sharing your documents, media files, even your printers on a home network, just got a whole lot easier with Windows 7 HomeGroup.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Windows 7 Essential Training
Windows 7 Essential Training

73 video lessons · 46499 viewers

David Rivers
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Windows 7 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.