Create HomeGroup in Windows 8 and 8.1

Top 2 Options to Create HomeGroup in Windows 8 and 8.1

June 10, 2014 1:23 pm / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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HomeGroup has first been introduced in Windows 7. We have introduced how to enable or disable HomeGroup feature in Winodws 7 already. For Windows 8 and 8.1 computer, HomeGroup feature is included as well. Today we gonna learn how to set up HomeGroup in Windows 8.1/8 to make it easier to share files and printers on a home network. There are top 2 options as blow to help you achieve your goal.

One: Create a HomeGroup in Windows 8.1/8 using PC Settings

  • 1. Open PC settings, if you have Windows 8, go to step 2. If you have Windows 8.1, go to step 3.
  • 2. For Windows 8, click or tap on HomeGroup on the left side, click or tap on Create on the right side, then go to step 4.

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  • 3. For Windows 8.1, click or tap Network on the left side. Then click or tap on HomeGroup on the left side, click or tap on Create on the right side.

    Note: If a homegroup already exists on your network, then you'll be asked to join it instead of creating a new one.

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  • 4. Select the libraries and devices you want to share with the homegroup by moving the sliders left (not share) or right (share).

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  • 5. You can set the HomeGroup password on the right side under Membership for Windows 8 or Password for Windows 8.1.

    Tip: Here we have introduced how to find the forgotten Windows 7 HomeGroup password before.

Two: Create a HomeGroup in Windows 8.1/8 using HomeGroup Control Panel

  • 1. Open the Control Panel, and click or tap on the HomeGroup icon.
  • 2. Click or tap on Create a homegroup. If a homegroup already exists on your network, you'll be asked to join it instead of creating a new one.

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  • 3. Click or tap on Next.

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  • 4. Select the libraries and devices you want to share with the homegroup, and click/tap on Next.

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  • 5. Write down and/or print this homegroup password, and click/tap on Finish.

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  • 6. When finished, you can close the HomeGroup window if you like.

Sum up, either one you choose, you can make your Windows 8.1 and 8 create a homegroup successfully.

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