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.
When you create
a homegroup, you select the libraries and devices you want to share with other people in the homegroup. Libraries are initially shared with Read access, which means that other people can look at or listen to what's in the library, but they can't change the files in it. You can adjust the level of access at any time, and you can exclude specific files and folders from sharing.
Only those people who belong to the homegroup can see shared libraries and devices. You can choose to share libraries, devices, or individual files and folders with specific people
in your homegroup or with everyone.
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.
This tutorial will show you how to change the homegroup sharing settings
for how you choose to share or not share your libraries
and printers & devices
with your homegroup in Windows 8
and Windows 8.1