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How to Leave a Homegroup in Windows 7

Windows 7 has come up the market with a number of surprises for people around the world with some of the very exciting experiences with the services that it renders. The operating system has a specific domain for people who are expert users of the computer as a machine while it provides excellent features to those as well who use the computer for nothing but entertainment only. You can transform you computer into a DVR or you can even turn your computer into a multimedia server.


HomeGroup is another of the features of Windows 7 that can help you sort out a network at home. This feature sorts out with everything that comes in connection to file sharing and transforming a home based combination of computers into a network. Through the HomeGroup feature, you can connect two or multiple computers that run Windows 7 and you can easily share your music, pictures, videos and other document libraries with each other on the same HomeGroup as yours.

Like every other protected network, this small network is going to be password protected and you can have ultimate control over privacy through this feature. You have the liberty to make the decision about the sharing and blocking content over your network. You are going to decide if the file will be visible to everyone on the resource or just the selected people. The read-only mode will give users from other computers with just an option to read the file but they will not be able to alter it in any way.

Any edition of Windows 7 can join into an existing HomeGroup while the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and the Enterprise editions are only capable of making a new HomeGroup.

Leaving a HomeGroup:

You can leave a HomeGroup once you realize that you don’t want to be a part of a HomeGroup any longer. You can easily remove your computer from the HomeGroup. Once you leave the HomeGroup, you will not be able access the files available on the network neither the other resources that are available on the HomeGroup. Once everyone leaves the HomeGroup, the HomeGroup will end up automatically.

To leave the HomeGroup, you need to follow the instructions below:

  • Click on the Start Menu and then click on the Control Panel. Type HomeGroup in the search box at the top right of the Control Panel window. Click on HomeGroup to get into the HomeGroup wizard.
  • As you are already a part of the HomeGroup, you will have an option to Leave the HomeGroup.
  • Click on Leave the HomeGroup then again click on Leave the HomeGroup on the next page.
  • Click on Finish to finalize the changes and leave the HomeGroup finally.

With these simple steps, you can leave a HomeGroup. All the user accounts on your computer that were active on the HomeGroup will automatically leave it once the computer leaves it.

How to Configure HomeGroup Networks in Windows 7

What is Home Network?

Home network is new feature which comes in Windows 7 for easily setting up a home network and share files and resources. You can easily share the files on your computer with other computers in your home and you can access the files on other computers the same way. You can access printers or scanners connected on any computer from yours with great ease.

Setup Home Network

To set up Home Network you first need to change the network you use in your house to Home Group. This can easily be done by going to Network and sharing center and selecting the network type. Make sure that you do not change a public network to Home Network because if someone else does the same on a public network then he/she would be able to access your computers resources. Only change the network you use at home as home network. Before you can connect your computer to a Homegroup you need to create it first. A Homegroup can be created by going to Control Panel -> Homegroup and then click on “Create a Homegroup”. After creating a Homegroup connect your computer to it and then walk to each computer and connect them to the newly created Homegroup by clicking “Join Now” in Control Panel -> Homegroup. Once this is done you can share all the files and resources you want to share on the Homegroup.


Homegroup is protected by a password of your choice. Password can be set while creating the Homegroup and can be changed later if required. All the computers connected to your Homegroup should be reconfigured with the password in case of password change. If you forget the password of your Homegroup then it can be found from another computer connected to the same Homegroup. Follow the following steps to get the password back:

1.                    Click Start -> Control Panel -> Homegroup

2.                    Click link “View or Print the Homegroup password”


To make the Homegroup perform best for you, please remember the following:

1.                    Make sure that the PC which you want to access is turned ON and connected to the Homegroup. Logging in is not necessary but it should not be in Sleep or Hibernate mode. This point is very obvious because you cannot access the resource of a computer if it is not ON, but this kind of issue is likely to happen if all the computers are in different rooms and you can’t see by yourself if they are ON or OFF.

2.                    On changing the Homegroup password it should be entered in all the computers which are allowed to connect to your Homegroup else they won’t connect automatically.

3.                    If your computer is also a part of any domain (tough currently not connected) then domain level policies might apply on files and folders and it might be difficult for other computers of your Homegroup to access your computer’s resources.

Homegroup is only available for computers which have Windows 7 so to use the Homegroup feature all the computers should have Windows 7 installed on them. Homegroup is available in all the editions of Windows 7.

How to Join a HomeGroup

Using the HomeGroup feature provided in Windows 7, you can easily share files with other clients over a home network environment. It is normally easy to set up a homegroup and use it. Since there are a few conditions that may prevent you from joining a homegroup, this article will list common reasons you may not be able to do so. This article will also show you how to overcome some of the problems you may face:

  1. You might not have a homegroup in your network. Check that you have one in your network and make one if you don’t.
  2. Make sure that you establish a connection with the network with the homegroup you would like to connect to. Change or connect to a network with these steps:
  • Click on the network icon in the notification area of the taskbar. Select the network you wish to connect to then click on the “Connect button”.
  • You might have to give a security key if the administrator of the network has set one.

After you are connected a network, you will be able to join the homegroup that exists in that network.

3.   Windows 7 is the only operating system that has the homegroup feature. The Homegroup feature is available in all the releases of Windows 7. However, in Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home you can only join a homegroup.

4.  Your network location may not be set to Home. Homegroup will only work on home networks. Follow these steps to change your location setting:

  • Clicking through “Start > Control Panel”.
  • Search and select “Network and Sharing Center”
  • Click on Public or Work network and then on “Home network”.

5. The computer that the homegroup has been created on might be facing technical connection problems or isn’t logged into. Some of the services require the computer to be logged in to make the homegroup work.

6.  The network discovery might be turned off. Follow these steps to turn it on:

  • In your “Control Panel”, type “network” in the search bar and then select “Advanced Sharing Settings”.
  • Expand the tab for “Home” or “Work” by clicking on the drop down arrow.
  • Select “Turn on network discovery” and save. (may require administrator privileges)

7.   Some of the required services may not be running or functioning correctly. “The Peer Networking Grouping” and “homegroup Provider” are both required to join a homegroup. To check if they are working or not follow these steps:

  • Open the Administrative tools, by searching for it in “Control Panel”
  • Open “Services” (may require administrator privileges)
  • In the status column, check if the services “The Peer Networking Grouping” and “homegroup Provider” are started. If they are not started, double click on the services and start them.

8.  Your computer already has joined a homegroup. You cannot join more than one homegroup simultaneously.

9.  If you are on a domain computer, the system administrator might have turned off the homegroup feature.

With all these conditions fixed, you should be able to join a homegroup and start sharing all of your favorite files in Windows 7.

File sharing on Homegroup with various versions of Windows

However, homegroup can be created if it is not there. It becomes very easy if all computers from homegroup are running on Windows7. But what if computers in homegroup or on home network are using different versions of Windows? Absolutely no need to worry! Windows do offer solution for it. You just have to follow guidelines according to the respective case.

All home network computers work with Windows7

File sharing becomes very straightforward with Windows7 as you just need to create homegroup. In homegroup, computers share music, documents, pictures, videos and printers too. By means of password, homegroup can be protected in order to share documents of your choice. When all computers from home network are working with Windows7, method of homegroup is always preferred. Every edition of Windows7 like, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate, support ‘Homegroup’. However, in case of Windows7 Home Basic and Starter, users can join homegroup but cannot create one.

Computers from home network operate on different versions of Windows

If your home network has computers that don’t work with one operating system, you have to put them in one workgroup. You have to fine-tune your network in order to enable computers to locate each other. This step is essential for the file sharing. Presence of Windows XP computers on home network makes the requirement of same workgroup name obligatory. Computers with different versions of Windows can find and work with one another. You must note that workgroup name, which is set by default, is not equivalent in every version of Windows.

How to change workgroup name in Windows XP?

  • First right-click ‘My Computer’ by clicking on ‘Start’. Select ‘Properties’ subsequently.
  • After this, under ‘Computer Name’ you can see workgroup name. Click on ‘Change’ in order to change workgroup name, and click ‘Ok’ after typing appropriate name in ‘Computer Name’.
    How to change workgroup name in Windows7 or Windows Vista?
  • First right click on ‘Computer’ after clicking on ‘Start’. After this, go to ‘Properties’.
  • Under the title ‘Computer name, domain and workgroup settings’, you can see workgroup name. Click on ‘Change settings’ subsequently.
    In new window of ‘System Properties’, you must click on ‘Change’ under ‘Computer Name’.
  • Under ‘Computer Name/Domain Changes’, you will see ‘Workgroup’ in which you have to type required name. Click ‘Ok’ when you are finished with it. After this alteration, you must restart your computer.

Selection of network location
In case of Windows7 or Windows Vista, you must check the network location. In Windows, setting and security are automatically adjusted as per the network location of computer such as Home, Work, Public, and Domain.

  • In ‘Home’, network is protected at few levels by Internet. This network includes only trusted computers. Home network is one of this types that support ‘Homegroup’.
  • In ‘Work’, network is protected as it is in ‘Home’. Like ‘Home’, it also contains known computers. Business networks are mostly categorized in this type.
  • In ‘Public’, network is freely available as its name suggests. In public places like airport, coffee shops, public Internet access networks are used.
  • In ‘Domain’, network has Active Directory domain controller. It cannot be set by any options, and requires domain administrator for it. Networks used at workplace are of this type.

In order to check your network location, go to the ‘Control Panel’ by clicking on ‘Start’. After this, you can search for ‘Network and Sharing Center’ by typing ‘network’ in search box. In ‘Network and Sharing Centre’, you will see network name for your computer. If it is ‘Public’ then click on ‘Public network’ to select network location of your choice.

Does your firewall allow file and printer sharing?

For file and printer sharing, you must check if your firewall supports sharing. In case of Windows Firewall, there is no need to worry as it opens correct ports as soon as you share file or other documents. Use of another firewall forces you to open these ports yourself for sharing. Opening of these ports helps your computer to detect computer with printer or files that you wish to share.

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Other options for file and printer sharing:
There are some supplementary options like, Network Discovery, Public folder sharing, File sharing, to reduce efforts of sharing. These options can be turned on manually. With these options, you can detect other computers and devices, share their files or folders and Public folders too.

  • To turn on these options in Windows7, you just have to go to the ‘Network and Sharing Centre’ in ‘Control Panel’. Here you can change settings to enable network discovery or file sharing with click on ‘Change advanced sharing settings’. For Public folder sharing, you must specify level of access. Finally, click on ‘Save changes’ to fix these settings.
  • In case of Windows Vista, in ‘Network and Sharing Centre’, you will see ‘Sharing and Discovery’ option in which you can make changes in order to turn on required options. Here also you have to be specific in Public folders sharing.
  • You can also consider option of password-protected sharing in order to protect your shared folders from strangers. In Windows7 or windows Vista, it can be turned on by the same procedure explained above.
    Network Map.
  • Network map is provided in ‘Network and Sharing Centre’, and it gives you an idea of computers connection with graphical view. In case of troubleshooting, it proves its expediency. For computer with Windows XP to be appeared on map, you must install LLTD (Link-Layer Topology Discovery) protocol. After installing LLTD, if your map is still not showing Windows XP computers, then it might be your firewall that is preventing detection. It can be done by modifying firewall settings.

How to Enable File sharing with ‘Share With’ Menu

Windows7 provides an easy way to share separate files or folders among people on your network or others. You can even share whole libraries in Windows7. This new operating system presents ‘Share with’ menu. This menu makes the whole thing of sharing graceful by offering an immediate service. On this menu, options will appear with respect to the type of file that is getting shared and network of computers like workgroup, domain or homegroup. Sharing of files on workgroup, homegroup and domain is different. However, ‘Share with’ menu remains common in all types.

Sharing of files on Homegroup

If you are working with homegroup, it’s very easy to share files by using ‘Share with’ menu. You have to carry out some simple steps in order to share documents on homegroup.

  1. To begin with, you will see ‘Share with’ menu just with right-click on file that is being shared. On clicking, list of options including ‘Share with’ will appear with dropdown list.
  2. In this dropdown list, following options are displayed.
  3. First option is ‘Nobody’. With this option you can stop sharing that particular file. In other words, you can keep it private.
  4. Second option is ‘Homegroup (Read)’ which allow you to share that particular file with all people from homegroup. However, recipients can only read this file; they can neither alter that file nor delete it.
  5. Next option is ‘Homegroup (Read/Write)’ which is reminiscent of first one with only one exception. In such sharing, recipients are permitted to do anything with that file. He can not only read file but also modify it or delete it.
  6. Last one is ‘Specific people’ which starts File sharing wizard that permits sharing of that file with specified people only.
  7. But what if this ‘Share with’ menu doesn’t appear? This happens on selection of file that is not in your personal folder. While sharing any item of Windows7 Public folders, one additional option ‘Advanced sharing settings’ along with above options is offered. By making use of this option, you can turn on Public folder sharing.

Sharing of files on Domain or Workgroup

When you are sharing files on workgroup or domain, process changes slightly. By following steps that are given below, you can share files on domain or workgroup.

  1. First step is same as that of homegroup. You will get ‘Share with’ menu with right-click on file to be shared. However, here you will see only one option ‘Specific people’ that opens File Sharing Wizard on clicking.
  2. As File Sharing Wizard starts you must perform following steps according to type of network in use.
  3. If you are working with domain you will see text box along with arrow. Click on this arrow and then ‘Find people’. Doing so, you will get ‘Select Users or Groups’ in which you have to type name of person to share with. After this click on ‘Check Names’ and ‘Ok’.
  4. In case of workgroup, when you click on arrow it will provide list of names. Select names of people with whom you want to share files and ‘Add’ them.
  5. Choose ‘Read’ or ‘Read/Write’ in ‘Permission Level’ column. As explained above, with Read you can allow receiver only to open file. Read/Write permits receivers all actions like read, modify and delete.
  6. After adding people, you must click on ‘Share’. It is necessary to provide administrator password or confirmation if it is asked.
  7. You will get confirmation on successful sharing.
  8. Next step will be to tell those people about accessing that file. You can send link for your file by e-mail or other programs.
  9. Finally, click ‘Done’ to finish process.

Accessing shared documents on Homegroup

  1. Go to Windows Explorer by clicking ‘Start’ and then respective user name.
  2. In window, on left you will see ‘Homegroup’, under which you have to select respective user account to access files.
  3. Finally, you can access library with double-click. After this, you must double-click on required file or item.

Sharing with Public Folders

Public folders like Public videos, Public Documents share each and every file or folder that is copied into it. Sharing is done among all people of homegroup. If Public folder sharing is turned on, everyone can access these folders. However, it is turned off by default. So, only user from local administrators can access them. To turn it on you must follow these steps.

  1. First go to ‘Control Panel’ and then ‘Network and Sharing Center’. In this click on ‘Change advanced sharing settings’ that is located on left.
  2. In ‘Public folder sharing’, select option in order to turn on/off the Public folders sharing.
  3. Lastly, click on ‘Save changes’ to fix these settings. Provide administrator password or confirmation if needed.
  4. In same manner you can turn on/off password-protected sharing. Password-protected sharing is all about sharing public folders which are protected with password by administrator.

Sharing using Advanced Sharing

Under this section, you can share information or data, which is not allowed to share directly like drives. By using Advanced Sharing it can be done. For this, you must follow procedure.

  1. At first, select ‘Share with’ by right-clicking on drive that is being shared. Then click on ‘Advanced Sharing’. You must enter administrator password if it is required.
  2. Next is to click ‘Share this folder’. In order to modify permissions, click on ‘Permissions’.
  3. Use options ‘Add’ or ‘Remove’ to select users for sharing.
  4. Finally, click ‘Ok’ if you are finished with permission and checking of users or group.

On the whole, with Windows7, sharing is just a cup of tea for everyone.

How to Troubleshoot Homegroup Network Connections?

Sharing documents in office is now very easy due to networks that can be established between computers. To take an important file from other user in office, instead of attending that person’s system personally, you can tell the user to share a file over the network. There are many benefits of using network, which enable many computers to communicate with each other at a time. Sometimes it may happen that you get an error while connecting to device or another computer over a network. There are different reasons for different circumstances. To understand each type of problem and their solutions let us take a look at each predicament in detail.

To join Homegroup

One of the simplest reasons that hit the mind when you find difficulty accessing the Homegroup is that you might not be the member of the group you are trying to connect. You have to follow few easy steps in order to be member of the group. To join the group created by a person you must acquire the password required to access the group. As soon as you join the group, user accounts from your system become part of the group.

  • You can access ‘Homegroup’ by typing Homegroup in the search box available in control panel.
  • Click on ‘Join now’.
  • Absence of the button ‘Join now’ indicates that there is no Homegroup active and thus you must ensure that there exist a Homegroup.

Your system may not be part of the network on which Homegroup you wish to access is active. To connect to network click on network notification on taskbar and then click on the network you want to connect. If Homegroup is not located on home network you cannot access it. So check the location of the Homegroup.

Network Discovery

Network discovery, as the name suggests, are settings that decide which computers can be detected by your computer and vice versa. Windows Firewall is designed to prevent network discovery but it can be enabled very easily. To enable it you have to access ‘Network and Sharing center’. In the menu you will find option, which will let you change advanced sharing setting. In your network profile there will be an option to turn on network discovery.

Trouble with other computers

The reason that other computers are not visible on Homegroup can be related to the mode on which computers are at the moment. Other computers might be on Hibernate mode or sleep mode. It can also be case that other users haven’t shared any folder on network and thus are invisible.

Change in Password

There is one more possibility. The person having authority over network might have changed the password. After changing password, if computer is immediately turned off or hibernated then this password could not be set on other computers in network. To solve this issue, original computer must be turned on and password must be reentered so that all the computers recognize it.

If all the above stated issues are not recognized then you must check your network connection and ensure that it is working properly. If it is not working properly then restart the computer and check again.  Networking provides easy access to other computers and at the same time strong security. Thus, small issues can be immediately solved in order to get benefit from network.

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