Join Windows 7 HomeGroup from Windows 8

So now that Windows 8 is coming out, you’ll be happy to know you can join it to your existing Windows 7 homegroup if you like. Windows 7 introduced the whole homegroup feature, which basically simplifies the process of sharing files and printers with other Windows 7 machines. Up till now, you could only do this with Windows 7 machines, but now you’ll be able to share files and stream media between Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs.

The process of adding a Windows 8 machine to a Windows 7 homegroup is pretty easy. First, open the Charms bar by pressing Windows Key + C or hovering the mouse over the top-right corner of the screen. Then click on Settings.

windows 8 settings

Next, click on Change PC Settings at the very bottom.

change pc settings

Now go ahead and click on HomeGroup in the left-hand pane:

homegroup

Now make sure that at least one Windows 7 computer is turned on that is joined to the homegroup. You also have to make sure that both of the computers are on the same network. In Windows 8, it will automatically search for a homegroup on the local network. You’ll see a screen like this saying “A homegroup is available” and a place to enter the homegroup password.

windows 8 homegroup

Once you type in the password, you’ll see a list of toggle switches where you can turn on and turn off what you want to share on your Windows 8 PC.

windows 8 share

You can also choose whether or not you want your content to be streamable to TV’s or game consoles like the xBox and PlayStation. That’s pretty much it! Now you can easily access data between your Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines without any technical know-how. If you’re having problems connecting to a homegroup or the homegroup is not showing up, post a comment and I’ll try to help. Enjoy!

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Comments [4]

  1. dav8d says:

    only if so easy. had two laptops both windows 7 and up and running in a homegroup with no issues. got a third laptop with windows 8. when i do the above and enter the homegroup password on the windows 8 pc it seems to be trying to verify then gives an error message “the Homegroup is no longer available”. neither of the two windows 7 laptops have gone asleep. no where can I figure out what to do. advice??

  2. PartTimePal says:

    The only reason I am reading this article is because my win 8.1 laptop would not detect win 7 homegroup. The other win 7 laptop is detecting and connecting to the homegroup. SUCH A HEADACHE. Any/every response would be appreciated.

    ty

  3. Lars says:

    Trying to connect to a homegroup (windows 7) from a pc with windows 8. Have followed your tips above but I get a message that a problem occurred when configuring the homegroup. Tried to go to the troubleshooter…but that doesn’t work! What’s wrong?

  4. Ian says:

    My problem was similar to the earlier commentators. My Win8 notebook recognised my desktop Homegroup and asked for the password then after “chewing it over” for a few minutes, said no homegroup recognised. In desperation, I tried changing the Homegroup access password on the desktop and when I entered that on the notebook it worked and allowed the notebook to join the Homegroup. Hope it works for you guys.

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