The HomeGroup feature used to be in the Windows series for over a decade, until recently after the major Windows 10 April Update version 1803, Microsoft announced that HomeGroup was officially removed from Windows 10. This post will show you how to share printers without HomeGroup in Windows 10.
HomeGroup was originally used to organize groups for network computers. People in the same network could create or join an existing HomeGroup to be able to share printers and files in that particular HomeGroup. Now that Microsoft has removed HomeGroup from Windows networking, how do we share printers in Windows 10 without HomeGroup?
Share printers without HomeGroup in Windows 10
Microsoft mentions the removal of HomeGroup was intentional but promises it won’t affect user experience towards sharing printers in Windows 10. It’s just that it’ll be a little bit different when limiting which users in your network has access to the shared printers.
How to share printers without HomeGroup in Windows 10 via Settings
This is by far the easiest way to share printers with your network after the Windows April update. Before we begin configuring the share setting, make sure you have connected your printer to your primacy PC, and the PC to the network. Then, follow the steps below to share printers in Windows 10.
- Go to start menu. Click on Settings (the gear icon at the left).
- Select Devices.
- From the left panel, select Printers & scanners.
- Click on the Add a printer or scanner button.
- The system will then search any connected printer or scanner.
- If it shows The printer that I want isn’t listed, double check if your printer is properly connected to your PC.
- Click on your Printer. If you have multiple printers, select the one that you would like to share.
- Select Manage, then select Printer properties.
- Go to Sharing tab.
- Enable Share this printer.
- Enter any share name you want. It’s for computers in your network to identify the printer.
- Click Apply then OK.
The printer will now be shared in the network. Keep in mind that for anyone who want to use the printer on the network, he or she will have to enter the username and password for the primary PC where the printer was shared, in order to be able to use the shared printer. You can create a share account on your primary PC for files and printers sharing purposes.
How to Share files without HomeGroup in Windows 10
In the past prior to the April update, we used to go to the HomeGroup to access shared folders. Since HomeGroup was gone entirely from Windows 10, you will have to share your files differently and access them directly from the Network folder, for example,\\AlvinPC\SharedFolder.
To learn more about how to share files without HomeGroup in Windows 10, read this: Network computers not showing in Windows 10 after update. We have written a detailed and clear instruction in that post about the new method to share files in Windows 10 and how to control which users have access to the shared files and folders.