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Windows 7 Made Simple by Kevin Otnes

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Sharing Files with Computers or Devices that Are Not Part of a Homegroup

If all of your computers on your home network are running Windows 7, you can manage file sharing with a homegroup. If you have a mixture of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP computers on your home network, you can still share files, but the steps are slightly different for each version of Windows.

Because you can't use a homegroup, in order for the computers to recognize and share files with each other, they need to belong to the same workgroup. The default name that Windows assigns to workgroups is MSHOME, so most if not all of your computers may already belong to that workgroup. If some computers belong to different workgroups, you can change the workgroup name ...

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