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Windows 7: Logging in HomeGroupUser$ Account from XP Computer

15 Sep 2013   #1

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Logging in HomeGroupUser$ Account from XP Computer

Hi. I was wondering if it was possible to log into the HomeGroupUser$ account on an XP computer connected to a 7 Computer that is part of a HomeGroup. I've tried entering the homegroup password with the username but it was denied.

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15 Sep 2013   #2

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Hi Morality,

The short answer is no, Homegroup is a feature of WIndows 7 and up only. To connect to a PC using XP you will need to set up a WORKGROUP. Here's a tutorial for you: File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa)
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15 Sep 2013   #3

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I see. How exactly does the HomeGroupUser$ account work compared to other accounts? A quick inspection doesn't reveal anything dramatically different.
I was reading the tutorial at http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/win...-vista-and-xp/ and was wondering why not simply log into the HomeGroupUser$ account instead of making a seperate user account for this purpose (as described in the tutorial).
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16 Sep 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Morality124 View Post
I see. How exactly does the HomeGroupUser$ account work compared to other accounts? A quick inspection doesn't reveal anything dramatically different.
I was reading the tutorial at How do I make Windows 7 HomeGroup content accessible to Vista and XP? - TechRepublic and was wondering why not simply log into the HomeGroupUser$ account instead of making a seperate user account for this purpose (as described in the tutorial).
Using a standard account for this limits the users access to shared files only, they can't access system files on other machines when logging in with a standard account.

You also wouldn't want to hand out the User name and password to access the Win 7 machine to everyone in the network as this would allow them to sign into that machine as the Admin using those credentials.
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