Windows 10: Private Network Names, Homegroup etc

  1.    19 Aug 2015 #1

    Private Network Number/Name, Homegroup etc

    1) NETWORK NAMES- See below, My 'automated' private network number/names are showing up different on all my machines. Is there a way to make them all the same? Or rename them? Is this the same or different than the old Workgroup name? I can currently see all my other machines, so this appears to be only a naming situation.

    2) HOMEGROUP - I currently have HomeGroup OFF everywhere. Never used it in the past, and I see a few posts about problems. Am I missing something by keeping HomeGroup off?? I have most machines on Windows 10, but still two oldies on XP. I keep a common user account on all machines.

    Many thanks

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    Last edited by mediaman09; 19 Aug 2015 at 12:09.
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  2. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Pro - 64bit
       19 Aug 2015 #2

    On no 2)
    Homegroup makes it easier for you to share data between your PC's. Also it makes printer sharing or printing over the network a breeze.

    You can select what data you want to share over the network and what you want to keep private. Let me give you an example:

    I use my Desktop PC as a backup/server all my important data is stored on it, because of that I minimize the use of it on the internet (for security and privacy reasons) and use my Laptop to do the browsing and downloads etc. Further I allow the other PC's on the homegroup to have access to the video and Pic's on the Desktop, thus I can watch my backed-up series on my Laptop while it is stored on my Desktop. Also because my Desktop is stationary I use my desktop printer as a network printer thru my Desktop PC. as long as my Desktop PC is on I can print from any ware in the house or from any PC and just pick it up when I need it.

    You can get your XP machines to connect to the network, just not so sure if it will have the same versatility and functionality thu... here is a link on how to do it...
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  3. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Pro - 64bit
       19 Aug 2015 #3

    PS: This to link it to windows 7... so I hope it works for windows 10... Still a bit of a noob on Windows 10... LOL
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  4.    19 Aug 2015 #4

    Re (1), changing the Network 11 name to something else, I suppose a careful regedit search and edit might do it ; just thought there would be a more elegant solution ( like click or right click or edit).
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