Homegroup is meant for sharing but as you share files it is also possible to prevent specific files or folders from being shared. While creating a homegroup or joining homegroup, you have to specify the files, folders or libraries, that are needed for sharing with homegroup. Primarily, these libraries or files are shared with only Read access so that recipients can only open and read that file. With Read access, recipients are not allowed to make any changes in file. Afterward, level of sharing permission can be altered. Moreover, some important files and libraries can be safely kept private to you only. This anticipation can be done at the time of creation of homegroup or later.

Prevention of library from sharing along with creation of homegroup:

Any library can be excluded from sharing while you are creating homegroup or joining one.

  1. It can be done just by performing some steps.
  2. At first you have to open ‘Homegroup’. It can be done just by clicking on ‘Start’ and then ‘Control Panel’. In ‘Control Panel’, select on ‘Homegroup’.
  3. Then click on ‘Create a homegroup’ in order to create homegroup. If you want to join homegroup, click on ‘Join now’.
  4. Screen of wizard will appear subsequently. In this box, you must empty the check box for library that is required to be kept private.
  5. Lastly, click on ‘Next’ and then ‘Finish’.

Prevention of library from sharing after creation of homegroup:

You can also keep a particular library private after creating a homegroup. The process is very simple and takes few seconds only. After creating a homegroup, you just have to change some settings.

  1. First step is to open ‘Homegroup’. It can be done as explained earlier. You are supposed to click on ‘Start’ and then ‘Control Panel’. Click on ‘Homegroup’ in ‘Control Panel’.
  2. Clean check box of library if you don’t want to share that library on homegroup. To fix these changes, you should click on ‘Save changes’.

Exclusion of particular files or folders in homegroup:

Like libraries, files or folders can also be prevented from sharing. Windows7 provides a new ‘Share with’ menu for this function. With this feature, sharing is done at ease. In order to prevent any file from being shared, you have to go along with procedure.

  1. To begin with, go to the navigation pane by clicking on ‘Start’ and respective user name subsequently. Doing so, navigation pane will appear on screen showing list of available files.
  2. After this, you must select the file that you don’t want to share with others. With right-click on the file you will see list of options including ‘Share with’. This option offers choices like ‘Nobody’, ‘Homegroup (Read)’, ‘Homegroup (Read/Write)’ and ‘Specific people’.
  • First option is ‘Nobody’. Selection of this option will exclude that specific file from sharing with anyone except you.
  • By using ‘Specific people’ option, you can share that file with some selected people of your choice. These people can be added by ‘Add’ option; and by clicking on ‘Share’ you can share that file with them.
  • In order to adjust level of sharing permission, you can use ‘Homegroup (Read)’ or ‘Homegroup (Read/Write)’. With only Read permission, recipient can only open and view file, while with Red/Write he can do anything with that file.

In this manner, sharing of file can be restricted to people of your choice. Furthermore, access to shared documents can also be limited with exciting features provided by Windows7.