How to Access a Workgroup Computer From a Domain

Accessing your workgroup computers from a computer utilizing a domain can be necessary where you are introducing a foreign computer into your home network. This is accomplished by using the networking tools within your operating system to teach the workgroup and the domain how to “play nice” with one another, circumventing network issues.

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Click \"Start\" on the home workgroup computer. Click \"Control Panel\" and open \"Network and Internet Connections.\"

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Click the \"Network Setup Wizard\" and select the option to \"Enable file sharing.\"

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Right-click \"Start\" and select \"Explore.\" Right click the folder(s) to be accessed and select \"Sharing.\" Click the option to \"Share this folder.\"

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Open the \"Start\" menu on your domain computer, click \"Run,\" type \"\computername\" and press \"Enter,\" replacing \"computername\" with the name of the workgroup computer being contacted.