Set Up HomeGroup Sharing Feature in Windows 8

Introduction

 
In this article, we will learn how to configure or set up the HomeGroup feature in Windows 8 for connecting with other Windows PCs.
 

HomeGroup Sharing Feature in Windows 8

 
The Homegroup feature in Windows provides a great way to share files and resources in the network computers easily in an efficient manner. The new HomeGroup feature makes sharing files and printers between Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines easy. Set up a Homegroup, and Windows automatically begins sharing those items.
 
However, The HomeGroup feature was first introduced in Windows 7 and is still supported in Windows 8.
 
So the conclusion is that only Windows 8 and Windows 7 machines have the ability to set up and join the Homegroup.
 

Here are some steps you must use to connect to a HomeGroup with Windows 8

 
Step 1
 
First Go to the Start Screen of your Windows 8.
 
Step 2
 
Open the right Charm bar and select the Setting option from it.
 
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Step 3
 
Now, click on the Change PC Settings.
 
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Step 4
 
Or you can directly open the Change PC Settings option using the shortcut Win+I keys.
 
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Step 5
 
Select the HomeGroup option from the left panel of the PC Setting window.
 
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Step 6
 
You will see the HomeGroup options in the right panel of the window.
 
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Step 7
 
Then in the left panel under Libraries and Devices, to share an item, slide its toggle switch to the right.
 
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Step 9
 
To share those folders with home theater components and game consoles, turn the Media Devices option on, as well.
 
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Step 8
 
You will notice that a password is automatically generated for you under Membership.
 
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Note
 
You must enter that same password into each computer you want to include in your Homegroup.
 
Step 9
 
Press Alt+F4 to close the window.
 
This should help get you started sharing files and printers between your Windows 7 machines on your home network.
 

Summary

 
In this article, we learned about Set Up HomeGroup Sharing Feature in Windows 8.