How to Add Computers to a Homegroup

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Why pay for a cloud service to synchronize content from one computer to another when Windows 7 does it for free? The homegroup feature in Windows 7 connects multiple computers in your home or office to each other through a shared network to simplify transferring files between computers. As a local network, connected computers can share music and third-party peripherals, as well as send information back and forth. Homegroup also locks your local network, which prevents unauthorized users from accessing your personal information.

  • Click the "Start" menu icon on the desktop of the secondary computer and click "Control Panel."

  • Type "home" in the search box in the upper-right corner, then click "Homegroup."

  • Click "Join Now," then click the checkbox next to the files you want to share with the homegroup. The available files to share include pictures, music, printers, documents and videos.

  • Click "Next" and enter the homegroup's password in the password field.

  • Click "Next" and "Finish" to complete the homegroup joining process. Repeat the steps for each additional computer to connect them to the original computer's homegroup.

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