Ramification of Changing from a Windows 7 Workgroup to Home group RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi

    I've set up a Windows 7 Homegroup for my small office.

    I am having some trouble with our practice management software named Avimark.  The problem is with running the application XP computers which are networked to the 'server.'

    It has been suggested that I try establishing a Workgroup and scrap the Homegroup.  There's already a workgroup established along side the Homegroup.

    My question is what are the ramifications of switching from Homegroup to Workgroup?

    There's a cost/benefit ratio I have to weigh.  If I am going to have to re-install and re-network all my printers, this is not worth trying to me.

    By scrapping my homegroup and making a workgroup instead, and I creating a lot of work for myself, with no guarantee the switch will solve my problem.

    Sunday, October 28, 2012 8:34 PM


All replies

  • What are the problems you are having with the software first of all?  I don't think changing from workgroup to homegroup will solve any issues.  What is the problem the xp computers have?
    Monday, October 29, 2012 1:32 PM
  • Hi,

    To answer your questions, Workgroup and HomeGroup are network types that allow computers to share files and resources over a network.

    They permit computers to share files, printers and other resources over a network.

    But HomeGroups are a new feature to Windows 7 and is only compatible with other Windows 7 machines. If you switch from HomeGroup to Workgroup,  you would lose some functions such as “allowing automatic file sharing by category and resources”, password protected, etc.

    I think the exactly solutions you want are

    How to make Windows 7 work with older Windows versions for networking and file sharing.

    Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP - How-To Geek.

    Hope this helps.



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    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Monday, November 5, 2012 1:55 PM
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 9:43 AM