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Sharing a folder using a Windows-based computer

After changing the Workgroup name of your computers, you can now enable sharing on the folders you want to share within your network.  If you haven't changed your computers'  Workgroup name, click here before proceeding to the steps below.
 

Select your computer's Operating System (OS):

Windows 8/10
Windows 7/Vista
Windows XP

Windows 8/10

Step 1:
Right-click on the folder you want to share and click Properties.

 

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Step 2:
Select Sharing and then click the Advanced Sharing… button.

 

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Step 3:
Click the Share this folder box.  Click Apply, OK then Close.

 

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You can now proceed to the File Sharing steps.  For instructions, click here.
 

Windows 7/Vista

Step 1:
Right-click on the folder you want to share and click Properties.

 

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Step 2:
Select Sharing and then click the Advanced Sharing… button.

 

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Step 3:
Click the Share this folder box.  Click Apply, OK then Close.

 

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You can now proceed to the File Sharing steps.  For instructions, click here.

Windows XP

Step 1:
Right-click on the folder you want to share and click Properties.

 

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Step 2:
Select Sharing and click the Share this folder option.

 

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Step 3:
Click Apply then OK.


You can now proceed to the File Sharing steps.  For instructions, click here.

NOTE:  Ensure that you have a minimum level of security on your antivirus or Internet security software in order to communicate with other computers in your network.  If you encounter problems accessing shared folders in the network, make sure you belong to the same Workgroup and you have a unique computer name for each computer.  You may also try to turn OFF your Windows firewall temporarily and any other third party firewall.

To view more information, refer to the Microsoft support site.


Related Articles:

Setting up file sharing between computers with Windows OS
Changing the Workgroup name of a Windows-based computer

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