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Windows 7: Homegroup password


26 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Homegroup password

I am just wondering - why would I have a homegroup password and when would you require one?

I am stuck - I am at a loss at why you would require one.

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26 Jan 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Melissa,

A homegroup password is created automatically when you create a homegroup to be able to add/join other computers on your home network to it.

The homegroup password (credentials) is a security measure to prevent unauthorized access to the computers joined in your homegroup. Without the password, a computer will not be able to join the homegroup.

By default, Windows 7 automatically signs in with this password to the computers on the homegroup, but you can change this to where it requires the user to manually enter the homegroup password instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Can you ever change the system to having no workgroup and deleting the whole lot?

Which is the best way?

I understand it may be handy to everyone else - but it just makes life difficult.

I can see others computers - slows down the system.

I also do not know how to share - see what I am sharing as I am very new.

Thank you for your reply.
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26 Jan 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You are not part of a homegroup by default unless you created or joined one.
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27 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thank you.

I guess at some time some one may ave created one. I see that it was created to the purpose of sharing files etc.

I do not wish for this to be happening.

Both computers have left the Homegroup at least that is what both system profiles read.

I guess I troubleshoot Workgroups - are they similar?
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27 Jan 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm going to wait until you reply to the post in your other thread about this first to see if it may be related.

How to change the public folder options
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27 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Sorry for starting too many forums - I guess I have got myself extremely confused and I do not wish to make a mistake.

I have done this in the past and not having the use of a computer for a while was not nice.

I consider myself with a few brain cells.
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28 Jan 2013   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melissa View Post
Thank you.

I guess at some time some one may ave created one. I see that it was created to the purpose of sharing files etc.

I do not wish for this to be happening.

Both computers have left the Homegroup at least that is what both system profiles read.

I guess I troubleshoot Workgroups - are they similar?
But you say in another thread that one of the computers on your network has Vista installed. That being so you cannot have a Homegroup. To create a Homegroup all the computers must have a version of Windows 7 installed!
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