So now that Windows 8 comes out, you’ll be happy to know that you can join your existing Windows 7 homegroup if you want. Windows 7 introduced the Whole Homegroup feature, which basically simplifies the process of sharing files and printers with other Windows 7 machines. Previously, this could only be done on Windows 7 computers, but now you will be able to share files and transfer media between Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The process of adding a Windows 8 computer to a Windows 7 Homegroup is pretty simple. First, open the Charms bar by pressing Windows Key + C or by hovering your mouse over the upper right corner of the screen. Then click “Settings”.
Then click “Change PC settings” at the very bottom.
Now go ahead and click HomeGroup in the left pane:
Now make sure at least one Windows 7 computer that is joined to the homegroup is turned on. You also need to make sure both computers are on the same network. On Windows 8, it automatically looks for a homegroup on the local network. You will see a screen like this labeled “Homegroup Available” and a place to enter the homegroup password.
After you enter your password, you will see a list of toggles that you can use to turn on and off what you want to share on your Windows 8 PC.
You can also choose if you want your content to be streamed to your TV or game consoles like the xBox and PlayStation. That’s all! Now you can easily access data between Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers without any technical knowledge. If you are having trouble connecting to a homegroup or the homegroup is not showing, please leave a comment and I will try to help. Enjoy!