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Windows 7 Made Simple by Kevin Otnes

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Connecting to a Homegroup

Windows 7 introduces homegroups as an easy way to share files and printers with other computers in a home network. The HomeGroup feature is available only on Windows 7 computers and works only with other computers that are running Windows 7. If you have other computers on your home network running Windows Vista or Windows XP, you can still share files and printers by using the File and Printer Sharing features in those systems.

When you first start a computer running Windows 7, it will automatically create a homegroup if it doesn't detect one already in place on your home network. If a homegroup already exists, Windows 7 will prompt you to join that homegroup.

The purpose of joining a homegroup is to share files and ...

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