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How to Map Network Drive or Disconnect Network Drive in Windows 10

When you map a network drive, you are creating a shortcut in This PC to a shared folder or computer on your network. A mapped network drive has the following characteristics:

•It has a drive letter assigned like any other partition in your system.
•It points to a network shared folder on another PC.
•It points only to resources found on your network.
•You need the username and password credentials to connect to it.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to map network drives or disconnect network drives for only your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Homegroup Password in Windows 10

A Homegroup makes it easy to share pictures, music, documents, videos, and printers with other Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computers on your local home network. You can also stream media to devices.

When a PC creates a homegroup, the homegroup is protected with a password. To join a homegroup, you will need the homegroup password, which you can get from the PC that created the homegroup or any PC already joined to the homegroup.

This tutorial will show you how to change the homegroup password in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to change the homegroup password.

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How to View or Print Homegroup Password in Windows 10

A Homegroup makes it easy to share pictures, music, documents, videos, and printers with other Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computers on your local home network. You can also stream media to devices.

When a PC creates a homegroup, the homegroup is protected with a password. To join a homegroup, you will need the homegroup password, which you can get from the PC that created the homegroup or any PC already joined to the homegroup.

This tutorial will show you how to view or print your homegroup password in Windows 10.

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How to Leave a Homegroup in Windows 10

A Homegroup makes it easy to share pictures, music, documents, videos, and printers with other Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computers on your local home network. You can also stream media to devices.

When a PC creates a homegroup, the homegroup is protected with a password. To join a homegroup, you will need the homegroup password, which you can get from the PC that created the homegroup or any PC already joined to the homegroup.

When a PC joins a homegroup, all user accounts (except guest account) on the PC become members of the homegroup. Each user on the PC will always be able to choose what libraries and devices to share with the homegroup.

If you decide that you no longer want to belong to a homegroup, you can leave it by removing your computer from it. After you leave a homegroup, you will no longer be able to access files and printers other people have shared with that homegroup. If all computers joined to the same homegroup leave the homegroup, then the homegroup will no longer exist.

When you leave a homegroup, all user accounts on your computer also leave the homegroup.

This tutorial will show you how to leave a homegroup in Windows 10 to stop sharing files and printers with other Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 PCs joined to the homegroup.

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How to Join a Homegroup in Windows 10

A Homegroup makes it easy to share pictures, music, documents, videos, and printers with other Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computers on your local home network. You can also stream media to devices.

When a PC creates a homegroup, the homegroup is protected with a password. To join a homegroup, you will need the homegroup password, which you can get from any PC already joined to the homegroup.

When a PC joins a homegroup, all user accounts (except guest account) on the PC become members of the homegroup. Each user on the PC will always be able to choose what libraries and devices to share with the homegroup.

This tutorial will show you how to join a homegroup in Windows 10 to share files and printers with other Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 computers on your home network.

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How to Create a Homegroup in Windows 10

A Homegroup makes it easy to share pictures, music, documents, videos, and printers with other Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computers on your local home network. You can also stream media to devices.

The homegroup is protected with a password, and each user on computers that are a member of the homegroup will always be able to choose what libraries and devices to share with the homegroup.

This tutorial will show you how to create a homegroup in Windows 10 to share files and printers with other Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 computers on your home network.

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How to Turn On or Off File and Printer Sharing in Windows 10

File and printer sharing is the ability of a computer running Windows to share a folder or attached printer with other computers on a network.

•File sharing allows you to make files and folders in a shared folder accessible to others on the network to view, copy, or modify.
•Printer sharing allows you to make an attached printer available to other computer users on the network.

If you are connected to a public network location (ex: café or library), then you may wish to turn off file and printer sharing until you are connected to a private network location (ex: home or work).

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off file and printer sharing on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10

When you connect to a network for the first time, you must choose a network location. For example: Private, Public, and Domain. Based on the network location you choose, Windows will automatically assign a network discovery state to the network and opens the appropriate Windows Firewall ports for that state.

Network discovery is a network setting that affects whether your computer can find other computers and devices on the network and whether other computers on the network can find your computer.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off network discovery for private and guest or public networks on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks in Windows 10

Hotspot 2.0, also known as HS2 and Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint, is an approach to public access Wi-Fi by the Wi-Fi Alliance. Hotspot 2.0 is a standard for seamless authentication to hotspots. Hotspot 2.0 offers an encrypted connection between the client and the access point. It uses IEEE 802.11u to communicate with the provider before it establishes a connection. Authentication and encryption are provided by using WPA2-Enterprise together with one of several EAP methods.

Hotspot 2.0 is focused on enabling users to automatically and securely connect to Wi-Fi networks while on the move. Hotspot 2.0 networks might be available in certain public places, like airports, hotels, and cafes.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, you can turn on or off having Hotspot 2.0 networks appear in the list of Wi-Fi networks when they are available to connect to.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Hotspot 2.0 networks appearing in the list of available Wi-Fi networks for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10

The netcfg –d command can help solve connection problems you might have after upgrading from a previous version of Windows to Windows 10, as well as fix problems where you can connect to the Internet, but not to shared network drives. It removes any network adapters you have installed and the settings for them. After you restart your PC, any network adapters are reinstalled and the settings for them are set to the defaults.

This tutorial will show you how to reset and perform a cleanup on all networking devices to fix network connection issues in Windows 10.

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How to Create a WLAN Report in Windows 10

If you’re having problems getting connected to a network and can’t connect to the Internet, then you could create a WLAN report. A WLAN report will show recent wireless session information that can help you diagnose the problem, or at least provide you with more information to give to others who might be able to help.

This tutorial will show you how to generate a WLAN report to show recent wireless session information in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Mobile Hotspot on a Windows 10 PC

If your PC has a cellular data connection or wireless network connection, you can turn it into a mobile hotspot to share your Internet connection from cellular, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi with other devices.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316, you can now easily setup and turn on or off mobile hotspot in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to setup and turn on or off mobile hotspot to share the Internet connection from your Windows 10 PC with other devices.

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How to Find MAC Address on Your Windows 10 PC

A MAC (media access control) address , also called physical address, is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on the physical network segment.

This tutorial will show you how to find the MAC address of the network adapters or network interface cards (NICs) on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Change Workgroup Name in Windows 10

If your PC is on a large network at a workplace or school, it probably belongs to a domain. If your PC is on a home network, it belongs to a workgroup and might also belong to a homegroup.

When you set up a network, Windows automatically creates a workgroup and gives it the name WORKGROUP. You can join an existing workgroup on a network or create a new one. Workgroups provide a basis for file and printer sharing, but they don’t actually set up sharing for you.

A workgroup is a group of PCs that are connected to a home or small office network and share resources, such as printers and files. When you set up a network, Windows automatically creates a workgroup and gives it a name.

This tutorial will show you how to change the workgroup name on your Windows 10 PC to join an existing workgroup on a network or create a new one.

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How to Add or Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon in Windows 10

A homegroup is a group of PCs on a home network that can share devices (such as printers), and libraries (such as your Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video libraries). Using a homegroup makes sharing easier. Your homegroup is protected with a password, which you can change at any time.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Homegroup desktop icon for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon in Windows 8 and 8.1

A homegroup is a group of PCs on a home network that can share devices (such as printers), and libraries (such as your Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video libraries). Using a homegroup makes sharing easier. Your homegroup is protected with a password, which you can change at any time.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Homegroup desktop icon for only your user account in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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How to Create Turn On or Off Airplane Mode Shortcuts in Windows 8 and 8.1

You can turn Airplane mode on or off in Windows 8 to enable or disable all wireless radio devices (ex: Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, Bluetooth) at once in your PC or device.

This tutorial will provide you with shortcuts that you can pin or use where you like to quickly “Turn On Airplane Mode” or “Turn Off Airplane Mode” with a single click in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

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