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Scenario-based Illustrated Solutions for the PC Novice : File Sharing on Home Network - Step 1
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Check if the Internet environment already exists
Before you can start sharing files, you need to create a network to connect your personal computers first. If you think abou it, the Internet is actually a type of network that most family homes are equipped with. It follows from this that if you have the Internet access from home, your computer already is connected to a kind of network.
The diagram on the left shows the Internet environment that is typically found in an ordinary home.
File sharing when different versions of Windows co-exist
There are several ways to create a home network. In this example, we will be explaining the file sharing steps for a home network when the family has three computers, each with a different version of Windows: one uses Windows 7, one has Windows Vista and the other uses Windows XP. Even if the number of computer is different from the number shown here, the file sharing steps are the same.
To set up file sharing, you must first decide on omputer names and a workgroup name. The computer name is the name you have given to each computer. It is likely that you named your computer when you started the computer for the first time. Because computer names are used to identify each computer on the network, the names must be unique within the network. If a computer name duplicates with other names, modify the name. The workgroup name is the name you give home network. In this case, select a workgroup name for your home network.
Now we will describe steps to share files using the workgroup name "HOME" where three computers with different versions of Windows are used together.
Article ID: 2485632 - Last Review: March 15, 2012 - Revision: 6.0