Windows 7/Home group network


Hello Mike. I have 2 computers, both running windows 7. One is home p and the other (main) professional. I connected them through a home group.  The one with home p is fine and can see files etc on the pro one. But the pro one asks for a network username and password which has never been setup so I cannot view files on the home p computer. Hope you can help.

Hello Robert

I can't answer it any better than what Microsoft has done with their Homegroup help with tutorial which you can view from this link:

The main thing that I have found which typically seem to come undone is the home network (private) must be selected on any computer that is going to be sharing files. As well, from any computer that is NOT the homegroup server, by simply LEAVING the homegroup you should then see "a homegroup is available on  "xyz computer"" and then you can click to re-join it. You should be prompted for the homegroup password that you set up. Also note that initially the password will be some strange set of numbers/letters so once it has been created (on the homegroup server computer), choose CHANGE HOMEGROUP PASSWORD and make it something easy for you to remember. I typically use the client's last name (with a capital letter and "Home" at the end so if your name is Smith I would use SmithHome as it does have to be at least 7 characters long)

I hope this helps


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