How to Share folder in windows 7
The process for sharing folders in Windows has remain unchanged until
Windows 7. The process is still the same as it used to be, unless you
want to share between two Windows 7 PCs.
By default, Windows 7 disables all the settings needed to share
folders the old school way. I guess they do this to encourage the use of
their horrible HomeGroup concept. Anyway, on the PC containing the
folders that are to be shared, go to:
Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center
On the left side of the screen, click “Change advanced sharing settings”
There are three possible location settings in Windows 7, those being
Home, Work, or Public. There are two sections within this “Advanced
sharing settings” window. One is “Home or Work” and the other “Public.”
In the Network and Sharing Center (menu you were just in) you can see
which location setting you’re using. Since you’re trying to share
folders, I would assume you have it set to Home orWork.
So then, change the “Home or Work” settings, unless you are indeed using Public. You need to use the following settings:
-Turn on network discovery
-Turn on file and printer sharing
-Public folder sharing – doesn’t matter, I’d leave it off
-Media streaming – leave this alone
-File sharing connections – if you’re sharing ONLY between Windows 7
PCs, turn on the 128 bit encryption, otherwise use the 40 and 56 bit
-Turn off password protected sharing
-Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers
Click Save changes. Now that the settings are configured, I am going to share a folder called ‘Share’ located on my Desktop.
First I need to right click on my folder and go to Properties.
Click the Sharing tab, and click Advanced Sharing.
Click the box that says “Share this folder” and then click OK.
The steps you’ve just completed will allow any Windows operating
system besides 7 to access the folder. You need to do something extra so
that windows 7 can access it.
Click the Security tab
Click Change Permissions (towards the bottom of the menu)
You should have a menu that looks like this:
Click in the “Enter the object name to select” box
Type into the box: Everyone
Click check names, and Everyone should now be underlined
It will ask you what kind of permissions you want everyone to have to this folder, choose as you please.
(it should look like this right now):
Be sure to notice the “Apply to” box as well, and choose the setting you need.
Click OK three times
The sharing part is done. Now, to access the files, you will need the name of the computer you just shared the folder on.
Right click Computer
Go to Properties
It will say your computer name in this menu, take note of it.
On the PCs that you want to access the folder from:
Type run in the search box
Now type into the run box: \\computername (replacing computername with the name of the computer)
You should see a new window with your shared folder pop up.
To get to the Run prompt in Windows XP, you need to:
Go to All programs