You can create homegroup to share files or folders with people on home network. This aspect of Windows7 makes sharing very much easy. While accessing other computers on home group, you must take care of some basic things. You can safely access data by sticking to guidelines.

First of all, computer that is being accessed should be in your homegroup. To check whether it is there in home group or not, go to ‘Windows Explorer’. In this window, on left you will see all computers in your homegroup except computers that are asleep, hibernating or turned off. You can include computer in your homegroup if it is not in homegroup.

Way to access files of home group computer

Once you are done with checking and addition of computer in your homegroup, you can access files or folders of that computer.

  1. First click on ‘Start’ and then respective user name in order to open navigation pane.
  2. On the left of navigation pane you will see ‘Homegroup’. Under this ‘Homegroup’, you can select user account name of that person whose files are being accessed.
  3. Doing so, catalog of all files will be displayed. Any library can be accessed just by double-click on it. Required folders or files can be opened by double-click.

Addition of shared folder in your library:

  1. In order to speed up the access, shared folder of other homegroup computer can be included in your library. You must carry out following steps for this.
  2. Firstly, on other computer, you should right-click on required folder and then select ‘Share with’ menu. In this menu, choose ‘Homegroup (Read)’ or ‘Homegroup (Read/Write)’.
  3. Now on your computer, go to navigation pane by clicking ‘Start’ and user name. In navigation pane, in ‘Homegroup’ select the computer you wish to access.
  4. Next step will be dragging of required folder to your library by right-click.
  5. As soon as you release mouse, list of options will be displayed; out of select ‘Include in library’.

Accessing Printers of homegroup computers

In homegroup, you can also have access to homegroup printers. Connection to printers in homegroup is done in three ways such as manually, semi-automatically and automatically. Technique of connection will vary with the type of computer.

  1. In automatic connection, there is no need to do anything. Once you join homegroup, printer will be displayed in ‘Devices and Printers’. You can check printer by clicking on ‘Start’ and ‘Devices and Printers’. If it is listed there, it is absolutely ready to use.
  2. If you don’t find printer in ‘Devices and Printers’ but a message prompting “Windows found a homegroup printer” appears on screen, you can connect to homegroup printer semi-automatically. Installation of this printer can be done by clicking on this message.
  3. But what if above both cases fail? Even then you can connect to homegroup printers manually. You need a computer that is physically attached to printer.
  4. First go to ‘Control Panel’ by clicking ‘Start’. In ‘Control Panel’ select ‘Homegroup’.
  5. You must check that ‘Printers’ is selected. After this select computer from which print is required.
  6. Again go to ‘Control Panel’ and click on ‘Homegroup’. In this click on ‘Install Printer’ in order to install it.
  7. Click on ‘Install driver’ if you don’t comprise a driver for printer.

Once you are done with installation of printer, you can operate it through Print dialog box. It is so efficient that you feel like working with printer that is connected to your computer only. To access homegroup printer, the computer to which printer is connected must be on.