Inside Windows 8: PC Settings – HomeGroup

In Windows 7 the concept of HomeGroups was introduced.

What’s a homegroup?


HomeGroups simplify file and printer sharing between computers running Windows 7 on the same home network.

Two or more Windows 7 computers can share documents and media, including stream the media between computers; and also connect printers.

In Windows 8, you can get to this from the Charms > Settings > More PC Settings > HomeGroup

There are several different options here.

You can join a Homegroup by typing in the password.

Below that, you can decide to share certain types of files on your computer:

  • Documents
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Printers and Devices