Create a windows home server with an in use PC

Hello, I have over that last few years been setting up a system of computers around my home, and now that the last one is in place (it was not planed in any way, however I have decided that I have enough computes scattered around) I want to set up a home server so that I can log onto the "same data" from any one of these computes, the problem is that only one of these computers is really fast enough and expandable enough (one is a desktop, all the others are laptops in clam-shell mode plugged into a monitor) to run a server. I have a lot of important data on the Hard drive, however I boot off a SSD, If in installed windows home server on that SSD could I still use that computer regularly?, that is as I normally would use that computer now with Windows 7 installed on it? also could I still access my Data on the HDD, and would is significantly slow down that computer in any way? thank you!
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  1. You don't need a server, if you only what to share the data. Create a network share on the folders you want to share on you win7 pc and connect them as network drive on the laptops.
  2. ^+1 I've been doing this for years. My kids put all the schoolwork on this shared folder, and I can easily back it up, and it also makes it easy to put drivers and other software that we use regularly. I have an autistic son, and he's pretty rough on his laptop, so I end up rebuilding it 3 or 4 times a year.
  3. exactly what was said...

    For EACH computer u have, do this...
    --click START
    right-click COMPUTER and select PROPERTIES
    -under "Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings" click CHANGE SETTINGS (on the right) - the SYSTEM PROPERTIES window will open into the Computer Name tab
    -click CHANGE
    -make sure Workgroup is selected and type the same name in for each computer
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