PC Doctor December 13, 2013

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Dear PC Doctor:

When I first connected to the internet on my new computer, it asked me to set up a “HomeGroup.”  What is a HomeGroup?



Dear Abbey:

HomeGroup was introduced in Windows 7 and has been carried over into Windows 8.  Its function is to make it easier to share files, pictures, printers, etc., among PCs.

When you first set up your network connection, you can create your HomeGroup.  This is a place where other Windows 7 and 8 computers on your local area network can access your files and share theirs.  All the shared content from all of your PCs can be found in your HomeGroup.

Other people can't change the files that you share, unless you give them permission to do so.  The HomeGroup is protected with a password, and you'll always be able to choose what you share with the group.

If you go to http://windows.microsoft.com, you can view tutorials for using HomeGroup.

Until next time … Happy Computing!

      PC Doctor