Convenient as it is, HomeGroup isn't appropriate for all networks First, it's designed for use in a home, where you fully trust everybody. Hence, it has limited abilities for applying different access requirements to various objects and on various users . Second, HomeGroup works only on computers running Windows 7 . Computers running earlier versions of Windows or other operating systems must use different methods for sharing and accessing network resources .
These methods are fully supported in Windows 7 and can be used alongside HomeGroup if desired. The underlying system of share permissions and NTFS permissions for controlling access to objects remains in Windows 7 .
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