How To Network Two Computers in Windows 10

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Networks give us a way to share files between computers. If you have both a Windows 10 desktop and laptop, you can share documents, images and videos between them with Homegroup. That enables you to share resources with other Windows devices on a local network. This is how to set up a Homegroup local network.

First, check that all your devices have Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6). You can check that by pressing the Win key + X and selecting Network Connections. Then right-click your Web network adapter and select Properties to open the window below, which should include Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).

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If all the devices you plan to add to the Homegroup network have Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6), type ‘Homegroup’ into the Cortana search box. Then select HomeGroup to open the window shown in the shot below.

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Press the Create a homegroup button and click Next to open the setup wizard. There you can select the files and devices to share on the Homegroup network. Click the drop-down menus and select Shared from each.

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Then click Next to get the Homegroup network password. The password is shown in a yellow text box. Note that password down so that you can join other Windows devices to the network. Press the Finish button to exit the wizard.

Now add your other Windows laptop/desktop to the Homegroup network. Log in to it and open the HomeGroup window again. Then you should press the Join now button. Select content to share as before, enter your HomeGroup password and click Next > Finish. Note that both network devices must be up and running for you to share resources between them.

File Explorer will now list the networked devices. Open Explorer and then click Network on the left of the windows as in the snapshot below. Network includes all the Homegroup desktops/laptops. Double-click Users to go through the shared folders and files on each network device.

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The folders shared have read only permissions by default. However, you can expand that to edit permissions by right-clicking a folder or file in Explorer and selecting Share with. Then select Homegroup (view and edit) from the context menu.

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To remove devices from the network, open the HomeGroup window. Then select the Leave Homegroup option from that window.

So now you can network Windows 7, 8 and 10 laptops and desktops with Homegroup. Then you can open documents, images, audio and videos on other devices with the Windows platform. However, Homegroup doesn’t network with Mac OS X devices. 

Posted by Matthew on December 22, 2016

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