Quote: Originally Posted by Parman
Homegroup doesn't work that way. You can only libraries though Homegroups. I suppose you could attempt to add the whole drive to a library but i don't know if you can.
Parman, by default, the entire User folder is already shared with Everyone, but only with the Sharing tab, the Security tab and the NTFS permission settings are not set to share with Everyone.
Still your statement about setting up a Homegroup is true,
and it's by far the easiest and safest way to share files and folders in a Workgroup. You can also do selective sharing by just keeping certain Users outside the Homegroup.
So by default, you can share Library's and also all folders which reside in the User folder unless someone unchecks the share in the Sharing tab.
With Windows, you only want to allow for access through the User folder and not the C: drive. This is by default and is much safer than sharing out the entire drive.
Therefore if you are in the Homegroup you will have access to every file in the User folder of all Homegroup machines and all Workgroup machines which are outside the Homegroup.
With Windows 7 SP1 the entire User folder is share out by default through the C:>User sharing tab only.
For sharing with Users who are in the Workgroup but not in the Homegroup, it's best to use the Public folders for that rather than bringing down the NTFS permission settings.