How can I join other computers to the homegroup?

Updated: August 30, 2012

Applies To: Windows Home Server 2011

After you create a homegroup, add the other computers on your home network to it. Until the other computers join your homegroup, they cannot share files and resource on their computer, or access the shared folders on the home server.


Computers must be running either Windows 7 or Windows 8 to participate in a homegroup.

To join other computers to the homegroup

  1. Log on to the home computer that you want to join to the homegroup.

    Open Control Panel.

  2. Click Network and Internet, and then click HomeGroup.

  3. Click Join now. The Join a Homegroup Wizard appears.

  4. Click Next

  5. Type the home group password, and then click Next.


    If you do not know the homegroup password, read the topic View or change the homegroup password.