How can Homegroup sharing work in Windows 8 and 8.1?

At the moment, I have setup Homegroup sharing. And currently, it only works when the computers are connected to the internet.

I would like to be able to share files through Homegroup sharing wirelessly but without an internet connection. Is this possible? Both PC's have built-in wireless.



That is possible by creating a Ad hoc network on a computer, then others connect to that network. After they connected, you can share files as a normal WORKGROUP network. You can read details how to create Ad hoc network here (with illustration pictures).

Wirelessly way allows you can share files among more than 2 PCs. If you have only 2 PCs and a Ethernet cable, refer another way below, otherwise please ignore it.

Wired (optional):

If you has a Ethernet cable, you can use it to connect 2 PCs directly, then manually set up their IP address with the same netmask and default gateway. Example:


Default gateway:


Default gateway:

Then you can share files between 2 computer as normal LAN network.

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