Windows 7: How to View and/or Change Your HomeGroup Password

Posted January 15, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Windows 7

You set up your HomeGroup for sharing files on your network, but now you’ve forgotten the password. By going to the Control Panel, you can either view the current HomeGroup password or go ahead and change it.

1. Click the Windows Orb (Start button).

2. Select Control Panel.

3. Select All Control Panel Items.

4. Select HomeGroup.

5. Go to the bottom of the window, to the Other homegroup actions section.

To view the current password:

Click the View or print the homegroup password link.

Your homegroup password will be displayed.

To change the password:

Click the Change the password link.

Click the Change the password button (if you are sure you want to do this)

Use the newly generated password, hit the refresh button for another one, or input your own. (Make sure to remember it this time!)

Click the Change password button.


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  • Dac

    I skipped the step of setting a Homegroup password in the installation, and I can’t find any way to set it afterwards. I can’t find the buttons or links described above. Anyone got any tips? I’m using the RC.

    • Anonymous

      Under Network and Sharing center, switch to “Work network” and then switch back to “Home network” and then when you go to set up your HomeGroup it will give you a password.

  • Elbereth

    Thanks for this walkthrough. Perfectly done!

    • Yd341

      What if i forgot to copy down the password after i checked it in home group?i cannot find it anymore

  • Buba2464

    i had my computer repaired and repairman locked functions view, print and change password. They are grey in color and i cant make them work he did make password but i dont feel confortable having other people making passwords and not being able to change it. ANY HELP. how can i unlock those features???????????? you can answer to thanx or here


    Handy guide cheers!

  • ArrghWindows7

    Windows 7’s security and adminship is crappy and overly complex. If I’d known this I would’ve explored other options. I didn’t buy the damn thing just so Microsoft could own it.

  • Saily Moore

    Windows 7 networking suchks

  • jemy

    Sharing a printer doesn’t exist under Windows 7 ultimate?
    There are some steps that can’t work in my computer running Windows 7 ultimate like “View and/or Change Your HomeGroup Password”.

  • Theo

    Nothing happens if I click ‘view or print homegroup password’. I can hear the ‘click’ sound of activating a link but nothing happens.
    Also if I try to change to password it gives me an error message: ‘Windows cannot create a homegroup on this computer’.
    Any help much appreciated.

  • Jack

    I can’t find the all control panel option…
    please help

  • Bobbi

    I want to attach a surface rt and a laptop to my home group. I cannot get the password for the home group it is grayed out. When I tried to reset the password it says I cannot create a homegroup in windows 7 home. I checked the services and all seem to be running. I tried changing it to a work network and back and it still will not give me the password.