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What Is the Difference between a Domain, a Workgroup and a Homegroup?

Jul. 22, 2014 2:12 pm / Posted by Ruby Johnson to Windows 8 Tips
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"I am confused with the differences between a DOMAIN, a WORK GROUP and a HOME GROUP. What are the differences between them?"

Windows offers different methods for you to organize computers in network including domains, workgroups and homegroups. Many people are confused with the difference. The main difference among them is how the computers and other resources on the networks are managed.

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Part 1: The Difference between a Domain, a Workgroup and a Homegroup

The domain, work groups and home groups are different ways of arranging the computers in a network.

Workgroup

difference between workgroup and homegroup

Below are 5 typical features of workgroup different from domains and homegroup.

Homegroup

difference between workgroup and domains

Below are 2 typical features of homegroup different from domains and workgroup.

Domain

workgroup vs. domains

Below are 6 typical features of domain different from homegroup and workgroup.

Part 2: The Affiliation between a Domain, a Workgroup and a Homegroup

Computers on home networks are usually part of a workgroup and possibly a homegroup, and computers on workplace networks are usually part of a domain.

Computers running Windows on a network must be part of a workgroup or a domain. Computers running Windows on home networks can also be part of a homegroup, but it's not required.

That's the difference between a domain, a workgroup and a homegroup. If you have any other questions, please be free to leave a message in the comment place.

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