HomeGroup is a feature in Windows 7 that allows you to very easily share libraries with other computers on your home network. So flippin’ easy, in fact, that I made a video.

I had never tried setting it up before, so there were a couple of things I learned on the fly:

  • Your Network Location must be set to Home.
  • Domain-joined machines can join a homegroup but cannot share files. They can access files on other computers.
  • Homegroups are searchable and it’s fast.

That’s pretty much it. With all the PCs in my house I can be very confident that I can find whatever I need from whatever machine I choose.