Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Homegroup - Create in Windows 8

  1. #1
    Homegroup - Create in Windows 8

    Homegroup - Create in Windows 8
    How to Create a Homegroup in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is online now
    18 Dec 2012
    Default Homegroup - Create in Windows 8

    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Join Date: Jul 2009
    Posts: 19,341

    How to Create a Homegroup in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    A homegroup is a group of PCs on a home network that can share devices (such as printers), and libraries (such as your Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video libraries). Using a homegroup makes sharing easier. Your homegroup is protected with a password, which you can change at any time.

    Typically, a homegroup is created automatically when you set up a PC with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, or Windows RT 8.1. If a homegroup already exists on your home network, you can just join it.

    This tutorial will show you how to create a homegroup in a Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 PC that other PCs on the home network can join.

    Note   Note

    • Only PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 are able to create or join a homegroup.
    • In the Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic editions, you can join a homegroup, but you canít create a homegroup.
    • In Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1, you can join a homegroup, but you canít create a homegroup or share content with the homegroup.
    • If your PC belongs to a domain, you can join a homegroup but you can't create one. You can get to libraries and devices on other homegroup PCs, but you can't share your own libraries and devices with the homegroup.
    • On a PC that created or joined a homegroup, all user accounts except the Guest account will belong to the homegroup. Each user controls share access to their own libraries.
    • PCs that are turned off, hibernating, or asleep won't appear as part of the homegroup until it is back online.
    • You can't delete a homegroup, but if all PCs on the homegroup leave the homegroup, the homegroup will no longer exist.

    warning   Warning
    HomeGroup Requirements in Windows 8/8.1:

    • All PCs in the homegroup must each have network sharing turned on.
    • All PCs in the homegroup must each have network discovery turned on for the Private network profile.
    • All PCs in the homegroup must each have the correct date and time set.
    • All PCs in the homegroup must each have a different PC name.
    • All PCs in the homegroup must have the same workgroup name.
    • All PCs in the homegroup must have the services below and their dependencies must be set to Running (start). They are by default.
      • DNS Client
      • Function Discovery Provider Host
      • Function Discovery Resource Publication
      • HomeGroup Listener
      • HomeGroup Provider
      • Network List Service
      • Peer Networking Grouping
      • Server
      • SSDP Discovery
      • UPnP Device Host

    • All PCs in the homegroup must have their network connection adapter settings below turned on (checked) in it's properties.
      • File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
      • Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)
      • Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)



    Click image for larger version


    • If the PCs in the homegroup are using a wireless router, then check to make sure that say for example WLAN Partition (D-Link) or Enable Wireless Isolation (NETGEAR) are unchecked in the router's wireless settings. When it is enabled (checked), it prevents wireless devices from being able to see and communicate with each other on the network.


    Click image for larger version


    EXAMPLE: Accessing Homegroup in Windows 8 File Explorer

    Click image for larger version







    OPTION ONE
    To Create a Homegroup in Windows 8/8.1 using PC settings

    1. Open PC settings, and do step 2 or 3 below depending on what Windows 8 you have.

    2. If you have Windows 8, click/tap on HomeGroup on the left side, click/tap on Create on the right side, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If a homegroup already exists on your network, then you'll be asked to join it instead of creating a new one. All PCs must leave the homegroup to be able to create a new homegroup.

    Click image for larger version


    3. If you have Windows 8.1, click/tap on Network on the left side. (see screenshot below)
    Click image for larger version

    A) Click/tap on HomeGroup on the left side, click/tap on Create on the right side, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If a homegroup already exists on your network, then you'll be asked to
    join it instead of creating a new one.

    Click image for larger version


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

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version


    5. Write down the homegroup password on the right side under Membership (Windows 8) or Password (Windows 8.1). (see screenshot above)
    NOTE: Other PCs on your network will need this password to be able to join the homegroup.


    6.
    When you are finished, you can close PC settings if you like.





    OPTION TWO
    To Create a Homegroup in Windows 8/8.1 using HomeGroup Control Panel

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the HomeGroup icon.

    2. Click/tap on Create a homegroup. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If a homegroup already exists on your network, you'll be asked to join it instead of creating a new one.

    Click image for larger version

    3. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  Create_HomeGroup-2.jpg
Views: 18439
Size:  41.7 KB

    4. Select the libraries and devices you want to share with the homegroup, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  Create_HomeGroup-3.jpg
Views: 18426
Size:  57.9 KB

    5. Write down and/or print this homegroup password, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: Other PCs on your network will need this password to be able to join the homegroup.

    Name:  Create_HomeGroup-4.jpg
Views: 18414
Size:  61.6 KB

    6. When finished, you can close the HomeGroup window if you like. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version


    That's it,
    Shawn


  2. #1


    Posts : 88
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    tank you very very much brink
    it's great.
    tank you

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #2



    Posts : 19,341
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    You're welcome asus. Glad it could help.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Homegroup - Create in Windows 8

Similar Threads
Tutorial Forum
Unable to join, leave or create a homegroup
I have a couple of Win7 PCs in my home network. I bought a tablet/notebook (Asus T100) with Win8.1 pre-installed. I was able to join the existing homegroup with the tablet PC without any problem. After a short while the tablet exhibited a problem that I couldn't resolve so decided to reset the...
Network & Sharing
Re-loaded Prim Homegroup computer, now can't create new HG
So, I reloaded windows on my primary computer a few weeks back, and now, I am unable to recreate a homegroup in my given network. All machines have left the old homegroup, but the option to create a new one does not exist. Instead, on each machine left on the network, the only option avail for HG...
Network & Sharing
No option to create homegroup
Hi, I did a fresh install of Windows 8.1x64 Pro. When I go to Network&Sharing Center, next to "Homegroup" I see in blue:"Available to join" instead of "Create Homegroup". If I click on "Available to join" it displays a 2nd page saying "User on WIN-V4BEBDAHMSL has created a homegoup on the network"....
Network & Sharing
Can't create a homegroup on this computer
Hello, I have two Windows 8 computers. On one of them (which says "private network"), I easily created a homegroup. On the other (which also says "private network"), I am unable to join the homegroup. Whenever I connect to the network, it searches and says "There is no homegroup on this...
Network & Sharing
HomeGroup Settings Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1
How to Create a "HomeGroup Settings" Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to create or download a HomeGroup settings shortcut that opens to PC settings and Control Panel locations in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. EXAMPLE: HomeGroup...
Tutorials
Unable to connect to ipv6 internet and create homegroup
Hey everyone, I tried to find the solution to that by digging through the forum and El Goog without luck. I am trying to create a homegroup on my network but I keep getting an arror message saying I need to enable IPV6 to create it. When I click on the properties of my network card, the ipv6 box...
Network & Sharing
cannot create a homegroup
hi guys, well i created a homegroup for my 4 pc's, but with the last one i get the message that the Revo user changed the password. How is this possible? A user wanting to join the homegroup cannot change the password......normally. To restart from scratch, i led everyone leaving the...
Network & Sharing

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook