Need clarification on "Home Groups" and Microsoft "SharePoint Workspaces"

I  simply need to be able to work on a single WORD document on two laptops at home.  I thought home network groups might work, since I saw it working for Window XP computers before, where one computer's drive can be mounted on another as a network drive. But today, I seem not be able to get it work with my two Window 7 laptops. If anyone can send me a complete procedure how to set it up, I would highly appreciate.

I then noticed I can do  "SharePoint Workspace" for sharing folders, but I am hesitating to try because I was not sure how it works. Hope some of you expert can explain to be how it and if it will for my purpose.

What puzzles me is the relation between the "home network groups"  and "SharePoint Workspace".  Are they totally two separate features of Windows 7 or  I need use and work with them together?


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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 7 / 8 Homegroup is different SharePoint Workspace.

SharePoint Workspace is for sharing documents and storing documents in a central SharePoint server.  See this TechNet article.

Homegroup is new with Windows 7 and is a way to share user folders between machines. You can enable Homegroup in Network Properties -> Advanced Sharing Center.

The two concepts are separate and do not go together. Homegroups are only for home use. SharePoint is a business concept. Homegroups do not work in Vista or XP at all.

I hope that helps.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
For two computers you can use Homegroup and SharePoint does not enter into it. Is there anything else you need specific to your question?
zzhang2006ProfessorAuthor Commented:
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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