HomeGroup on Windows 10 is a feature best suited for small home networks to share files and printers with devices running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7. Also, you can also configure media streaming for other devices, such as Xbox One, to play music and video from your computer on the biggest screen in the house.In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to set up and manage a HomeGroup to share resources with other users on your local network

Additionally, you want to make sure all your devices are running Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6). Otherwise, you won’t be able to join any computers to HomeGroup.

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu, and click Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the network adapter you use to connect to the internet and select Properties.
  3. Make sure to check the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) option.configure IP Address
  4. Click OK.

How to create a HomeGroup on Windows 10

HomeGroup hasn’t changed much from previous versions, as such we’ll be using Control Panel to make the configuration.

  1. Open the Start menu, do a search for HomeGroup and press Enter.
  2. Click Create a homegroup.create homegroup
  3. On the wizard, click Next.
  4. Choose what to share on the network. By default Windows sets Pictures, Videos, Music, Printers & Devices as Shared. However, the Documents folder is marked as Not shared.share with other homegroup member Note: The sharing options you choose will only apply to devices connecting with different accounts. If you sign-in with the same user account on another computer, you will have access to all files regardless of what you chose to share.
  5. Once you’ve decided what content to share, click Next.
  6. The wizard will complete the setup, and you’ll be presented with a HomeGroup password, which is needed to allow other computers to access files and printers. Write down or click the link to print the password.use password for connect homegroup on Windows 10
  7. Click Finish to complete the task.

How to change which content is shared with your HomeGroup

If at any time, you want to change the folders you share with other computers do the following:

  1. Click the Change what you’re sharing with the homegroup link.change-homegroup-settings-Homegroup-On-Windows-10
  2. Make the correct changes by using the drop-down menu and choosing Shared or Not shared for each folder.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Click Finish to complete the task.

How to change your HomeGroup media streaming options

HomeGroup also allows you to control which media devices, including TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PlayStation can access and stream the content shared on your computer.

On the HomeGroup settings page in Control Panel, click the Allow all devices on this network such as TVs and game console to play my shared content link.

The first thing you want to do is to pick a name for the media library, as Windows 10 by default uses your account’s email address.

Then you can click the Choose default settings link to change a few streaming settings, including star rating and parental control settings allowed to stream from another media device.