Chapter 5: Getting the Most from HomeGroups
In This Chapter
Setting up the prerequisites for HomeGroups
Joining, sharing, and navigating a HomeGroup
Making changes to your HomeGroup
Sharing with XP and Vista and with a Mac
If you’ve ever used a house key, you know how to use HomeGroups. Okay, that’s Microsoft’s analogy, and the process isn’t quite that easy, but it’s close.
The HomeGroup bundles a bunch of settings in quite a handy — I’m tempted to use the word brilliant — way. When your PC joins a HomeGroup, Windows strips away a lot of the hassle and mind-numbing details generally associated with sharing folders and printers and replaces the mumbo jumbo with a cookie-cutter method of sharing that works quite well, in almost all home and many small-business networks.
All the computers in a HomeGroup share their Pictures, Music, and Videos libraries, and with an extra click, you can share your Documents library as well. The computers also share printers and some other peripherals. All it takes is a couple of taps. Or clicks.