Changing the Workgroup name of a Windows-based computer

To configure file sharing, you need to create a Workgroup name for your computers so you can see and access your files from all your computers within the network.

elect your Windows® operating system (OS):

Windows 11
Windows 10


Windows 11

1. Right-click on the Windows sf140590-001_en_v4.png icon and select Settings.


2. Click System.


3. Select About


4. Click on Advanced system settings.


5. Select the Computer Name tab then click on Change....


6. Enter unique names in the Computer name and Workgroup fields, then click OK.



Windows 10

1. Click the Search sf140590-008_en_v4.png icon on the system tray and enter "computer" in the Search field.

2. Click the Computer SF140590-009_v4.png icon.

3. In the window that opens, right-click on This PC and select Properties.



4. Select the Advanced system settings option.


5. Select Computer Name and click the Change… button.


6. Enter a unique Computer name and Workgroup name then click OK

All computers in the network should have the same Workgroup name. In this example, WORKGROUP is the name used.



7. You will be prompted to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Click OK.

You can now proceed to the Folder Sharing steps.

Ensure that you have a minimum level of security on your antivirus or internet security software in order to communicate with other computers in your network. If you encounter problems accessing shared folders in the network, make sure you belong to the same Workgroup and you have a unique computer name for each computer. You may also try to turn OFF your Windows firewall temporarily and any other third-party firewall.

For more information, refer to the Microsoft support site.

Find out more:

Setting up file sharing between computers with Windows OS
Sharing a folder using a Windows-based computer

Enabling file sharing on a Windows-based computer

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