Use the HomeGroup wizard to create a homegroup. Explore HomeGroup settings including how to change the password, change what folders and libraries are shared by default and with whom, and share a folder manually.
- [Instructor] Many home and small business users have more than one computer available to them, and want to configure sharing. Home users often want to share photos, movies, and music, and business users might have that and more, including spreadsheets, documents, and even tax information. There might also be a printer or two, or additional backup devices that you'd like to make available to everyone. To manage sharing among small groups, Windows 10 lets you configure a home group. Home groups have been around since Windows 7, and have greatly reduced the headaches previously associated with sharing data and hardware.
Your computers will need to be connected to a network to create a home group. They probably already are, if only for the purpose of sharing a single Internet connection. But let's look at the Network and Sharing Center to make sure. One way is to type Network and Sharing in the task bar, and click Network and Sharing Center in the results. Verify that there is a network connection. If there isn't, you'll need to click set up a new connection or network, and work through the wizard.
Your network will also need to be set to private. Everything looks good here. If you find, though, that your computer shows your network as public, click the home group button on the left corner of this window, and work through the home group troubleshooter. Windows will prompt you about changing the network type to private. Go ahead and agree to let it do that if you find yourself in this situation. Now, notice what you see next to the word home group in the Network and Sharing Center. Do you see joined? If you do, your job is complete.
Do you see available to join? If you do, click that. A home group already exists. If you see create, click create. If you see ready to create, click it. That's what I'll do. No matter what option you select, available to join, or if you opt to create, during the process, you'll be given a password, or asked to type one. Make sure to write down the password, because you'll need it to let other computers join. I'll click create a home group now to get started.
Notice it says I can share files and printers with other computers, and stream media to devices, and that the home group is protected with a password. I'll click next. Here, I decide what I'm going to share. By default, everything is shared except documents. I'll leave that, because I want to show you something about this later, and click next. Here's my password. You'll have a password that's different from this one. Remember to write it down, and then click finish. From this window, you can see the option to change the password, view or print the home group password, or even leave the home group.
You can also change advanced sharing options. And again, here's the troubleshooter. Keep this window in mind for when problems arise. Not all folders on your computer are shared with the home group, just those in the default libraries that you selected previously. To share a folder that isn't included with the home group, you'll need to right click it. I'll open File Explorer, and I'll click my documents folder, the folder I didn't share. And I'll right click personal. I'm going to share this folder with a specific user.
So I'll point to share with, and then I'll choose specific people. From here, I'll click the arrow, select who I want to share with, and click add. Now I can change the permission level from read to read and write. Or, I can change my mind and remove the user completely. I'll select read and write, and click share. You can see the folder's been shared with Jennifer, and I'll click done. Go ahead and return to the home group settings by typing home group in the task bar, click home group in the results, and take one more look at the options.
As we talked about earlier, you can change the password, leave the home group, and even start a troubleshooter if you have problems. There are a lot of benefits to home groups. It makes it easy to share data, backup data, share resources like printers and Internet connections, and more.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell