How to Join Homegroup from your Windows 10 Computer – Share Files and Printers

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We are currently existing in the advanced technological world that provides many comforts to lead a luxurious life. All these are made possible mainly due to rapid advancement in technology and other electronics like computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets and many other gadgets. Using these gadgets, we can share anything from anywhere at any instant of time. We all know Microsoft has released its latest operating system Windows 10 which can be upgraded or installed on your current working operating systems. We have a Homegroup feature in Windows that helps you share files and printers in the an easier way between the computers. Sharing files and other important data on your Windows PC or laptop is very easy.

Windows 10 - Share files via Homegroup

For that purpose, Windows provides you Homegroup option through which you can share all your important files and printers between computers. Homegroup is an existing feature which is present in Windows operating system. You need to join Homegroup in order to send files and printers among your friends between computers. If you’re not aware of this feature, we are here to assist you. Today, we are presenting you a detailed article on how to join Homegroup from your Windows 10 PC or laptop so that you can easily share files and printers among your friends. Have a look!

Steps to Join Homegroup from your Windows 10 PC or Laptop

Windows 10 is the current operating system which is being used by many millions of people across the world. As it is a new Operating system, some of them may not be knowing all the features present in it. Homegroup is a Windows offering functionality that help you easily share files and printers between the computers. For instance, you can connect your home printer from your computer and take a print out from any of your other computers at home. This is possible just by joining homegroup that is present in your Windows operating device. Windows 10, the new operating system  supports Homegroup functionality that allow you to share files between Windows 10 and other supported versions like Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Step 1: Initially, click on Start on your Windows 10 device.

Step2: Type Homegroup in the Search box and hit enter.

Windows 10 - Join Homegroup

Step 3: Click on Homegroup option that appears in your search results.

Step 4: If in case, your computer is already hosting a Homegroup, you will be able to see the option “Join Now” in  the HomeGroup dialog box as shown below:

Join HomeGroup - Windows 10

Note: If you are don’t have HomeGroup already setup on your computer, then you need to create a new HomeGroup.

Step 5: Now, click on Join Now option so that you will be joined in a new HomeGroup. It will then display other computers that are available within your home network so that you can easily share files among them.

Create new HomeGroup on Windows 10

Step 6: Now, you need to click on Next if you wish to share files on printers with other computers via HomeGroup.

Homegroup - Share files and devices

Step 7: Now, select the files like pictures, videos, music files, documents and other printers and devices that you wish to share with others on different computers.

Step 8: After selecting particular files, you can share it with other devices. To continue, Click Next.

Step 9: Now, you will be directed to a new page where you need to enter a homegroup password that prevents unauthorized access to homegroup files and printers.

Enter password - Share files via Homegroup

Step 10: Suppose, if you are joining a Homegroup which is created on another computer, you will need to obtain the password from the administrator of that computer. The computer name and username will be displayed on the screen so that you can ask the relevant person for the password.

That’s it. You’re done! Once all the computers present in your home are connected by joining the HomeGroup, you can now initiate to share your important files, documents, printers and other devices easily between your Windows 10 computer and other computers running on other Windows Operating system. Hope this tutorial helps you to join HomeGroup so as to share files and printers with other computers easily from your Windows 10 PC or Laptop.

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Hi, Step 4 doesn’t work on my system. It says… Read more »