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Good-bye, HomeGroups


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 11:31 AM

This is old news but it's the first I've heard of it.  I don't think I would be too enthused sharing info across the cloud. Supposedly this happens in v1803

 

https://www.askwoody.com/2017/good-bye-homegroups/

 

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. The user profile used for sharing and the file/folder/printer shares will continue to work.

 

 

 

 



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Posted 21 January 2018 - 11:39 AM

This is old news but it's the first I've heard of it.  I don't think I would be too enthused sharing info across the cloud. Supposedly this happens in v1803

 

https://www.askwoody.com/2017/good-bye-homegroups/

 

 

 

 

Sharing across the cloud is not "the next logical step" but is already a fait accompli using things like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and the list goes on and on.  People clearly want it, and I share all sorts of information across the cloud via Google Drive, and it makes logical sense that this would become seamlessly integrated into OSes as time goes by.

 

For myself, I will not miss Homegroups one bit.  I've always had more trouble with this feature than handling things via the "Network" part of the File Explorer tree.  This was particularly the case after Public Folder Sharing was disabled by default.


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 11:48 AM

I may be wrong but I would have to assume there would be a lot of people who use HomeGroups posting on help forums when they find it gone after getting auto upgraded to 1803. Hopefully Microsoft will give a heads up before the update.



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Posted 26 January 2018 - 01:49 PM

 

This is old news but it's the first I've heard of it.  I don't think I would be too enthused sharing info across the cloud. Supposedly this happens in v1803

 

https://www.askwoody.com/2017/good-bye-homegroups/

 

 

 

 

Sharing across the cloud is not "the next logical step" but is already a fait accompli using things like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and the list goes on and on.  People clearly want it, and I share all sorts of information across the cloud via Google Drive, and it makes logical sense that this would become seamlessly integrated into OSes as time goes by.

 

For myself, I will not miss Homegroups one bit.  I've always had more trouble with this feature than handling things via the "Network" part of the File Explorer tree.  This was particularly the case after Public Folder Sharing was disabled by default.

 

britechguy,

 

I was using a HomeGroup with Windows 10 so that the three PCs in my home could print to each others printers.  That got messed up with a recent Win 10 update, but I was successfully able to create a new HomeGroup (at least for now), and we can once again share printers.

 

You mentioned using the Network part of the File Explorer tree.  Is that just for sharing folders/files?  How would I go about setting that up for my three home computers?  (My knowledge on home networking is weak)

 

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 04:04 PM

Homegroup and Workgroups before it have been a MESS for DECADES.  I have wasted hours, days and weeks trying to tweak or coaxe them to work. 

 

Like many others, I simply utilize Network features and they have always worked for me since XP.  Sadly - I cannot say the same for Workgroups and Homegroups - particularly in a mixed network - XP, Win 7 and Win 8.1 boxes.

M$ never gave a darn about these problems.  Go look at their Staff responses going back 15 + years.



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 12:53 PM

Interesting guys, I've always wanted to know more about Homegroups, and have played around a little with them, though abandoned all use of it lately.  I suppose it's good for Printer Sharing in one's home at best.  Maybe file sharing, but that can be achieved in simpler ways.  


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