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.