Are Homegroups dead?


  1. TV2
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       #1

    Are Homegroups dead?


    Saw this on the Homegroups tutorial:

    Are Homegroups dead?-homegroup.jpg

    So this means that MS is nailing that coffin shut?
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  2. Posts : 25,075
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #2

    Yes.

    A note about HomeGroup: Easily connecting to and sharing the important pieces of your digital life with those who matter most has never been easier with today’s Modern PCs and the cloud. Whether it’s connecting PCs and printers on your home network via the Share functionality in Windows or using OneDrive to share a photo album of your last vacation, Windows 10 makes connecting multiple devices and sharing content streamlined and simple. And it’s because of that evolution that with today’s build you’ll start to see us retire the HomeGroup service. HomeGroup was terrific for the pre-cloud and pre-mobile era, but today this functionality is built right into Windows 10 and apps. Starting with this build, the HomeGroup service is no longer operational in Windows 10...
    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast+Skip Build 17063 for PC
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  3. TV2
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for clarifying!
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  4. Posts : 11,209
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #4

    Hi there.

    Home groups were never any good in the first place.

    Simply to share on home type networks just on properties of either folder of Disk choose sharing and then add user and give permission such as read or all etc.

    Other windows machines should then be able to connect. For NON Windows simply use SAMBA on NAS / LINUX type machines and android type stuff (Phone's, Amazon / ROKU tv sticks / boxes etc) should still be able to connect seamlessly --you might have to give a user and password depending on the permissions.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5. Posts : 25,075
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    jimbo45 said:
    Home groups were never any good in the first place.
    So I've heard. I've always found Workgroup networking (as you described) to be more configurable/reliable.

    Change Workgroup in Windows 10
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  6. Posts : 809
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       #6

    Bree said:
    So I've heard. I've always found Workgroup networking (as you described) to be more configurable/reliable.

    Change Workgroup in Windows 10
    While I agree that Homegroups are a terrible kludge on top of the traditional workgroup sharing, which after 25 years Microsoft still haven't been able to make user-friendly, it's strange that they would completely remove Homegroups all of a sudden. I'm sure there must be someone out there using them...
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  7. Posts : 565
    W10
       #7

    Interesting, but I am confused now. I was just preparing to switch to homegroup.
    I have no problem with sharing with another PC (or Linux based devices). But when I disable SMB 1.0/CIFS support, all connections are gone. And people are telling me, that I should disable this because of safety, and use higher SMB versions. I thought these higher versions were part of the homegroup.
    So my question now is: how to share without using SMB 1.0/CIFS, homegroup and cloud?
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  8. TV2
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       #8

    jimbo45 said:

    Simply to share on home type networks just on properties of either folder of Disk choose sharing and then add user and give permission such as read or all etc.


    jimbo
    Thanks. The reason I was asking is because I have these cheat-sheets for installing and custom configuring Windows and I will now delete the sections on Homegroup setup and stop saving the key.
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