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Scenario-based Illustrated Solutions for the PC Novice : File Sharing on Home Network - Step 2 Windows 7
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We begin by creating a shared folder and then we enable file sharing in Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP one by one.
A workgroup name is the name of a network that is used by a set of computers belonging to the network. These computers has to have the same workgroup name. This enables each computer with the identical workgroup name to participate in the same network.
Checking Workgroup Name
Check Computer name and Workgroup on this screen. Each computer has to have a unique name. The same workgroup name is required among the computers belonging to the home network. In the default settings, workgroup is named "WORKGROUP". You can either change the name or leave as it is.
In this example, HOME is selected as the Workgroup name, but you can use any name as long as all of the computers on your home network subscribe to the same name.
Checking Renamed Workgroup
Confirm if the workgroup name is properly changed.
Turning on File Sharing options
To enable file sharing, you need to allow certain folder in your computer to be accessed from other computers in the same network. Here we are enabling the members in the same netowrk to exchange files freely, by assuming that your home network is shared among trustworthy people such as your family members.
Opening Settings Window
Setting the sharing options
Turn on network discovery enables your computer to search for shared information on other computers.
In this example, we have turned off password protection because it is assumed in this example that file sharing occurs at your home. When password protection is turned on, anyone who accesses the shared folder from another computer will be prompted to enter their user name and password. This prevents files from being viewed and altered arbitrarily, and enhances security by making it impossible for someone who does not know the password to access the shared folders.
Setting Network Location
If you have a portable notebook computer, you may access various networks depending on where you are. In Windows 7, there are tree types of network locations: Home network, Work network and Publick network. Choose an appropriate location. Here Home network is selected.
Opening the settings window
Make sure Home network is selected in Network. If other location is selected, click to change the location. If Home network is already selected, you can skip the steps below.
Changing Network Location
Home network and Work network are designated for the use at home and workplace. You can share files by using either settings. Do not share files using Public network, which is desinged for the use of the Internet in public locations such as stations and shops.
Placing files in Shared Folder
Windows 7 has shared folders called "Public". By placing files in public folders in Libraries, such as Public Document or Public Pictures folders, you can allow the public files to be accessed another computer.
Opening Shared Folder
You can also open the folders by selecting Documents or Pictures.
In the Libraries, you can find the "Public" folders in each folders. They are the shared folders that are accessible from other computer.
Article ID: 2485633 - Last Review: March 2, 2012 - Revision: 4.0