Access files and folders on other homegroup computers

Applies To: Windows Home Server 2011

Before you can access files or folders on another computer, you must add that computer to your homegroup. Computers that belong to your homegroup will appear in Windows Explorer. For more information about adding computers to your homegroup, see How can I join Windows 7 computers to the homegroup?

To access files or folders on other homegroup computers

  1. Click the Start button, and then click your user name.

  2. In the navigation pane, under Homegroup, click the user account name of the person whose files you want to access.

  3. In the file list, double-click the library you want to access, and then double-click the file or folder you want.


Computers that are turned off, hibernating, or asleep won't appear in the navigation pane. If you have made homegroup files or folders available offline, and then you disconnect from the network, the files or folders will no longer be visible in your Libraries window. To find them, open the Network folder.