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Set up file sharing

Windows 10
  1. Right-click the Start button.

  2. Click Control Panel.

  3. In the "Network and Internet" section, click View network status and tasks.

  4. Click Change advanced sharing settings in the "Network and Sharing Center".

  5. Select Turn on file and printer sharing and click Save changes.

Windows 8
  1. From the Start Screen, click the Desktop icon.

  2. Move your cursor to the upper right corner of your screen to show the charm bar.
  3. Click Settings (the gear icon).

  4. Click Control Panel.

  5. Click Network and Internet.

  6. Click Network and sharing Center.

  7. Click Change advanced sharing settings.

  8. Select Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders.

  9. Scroll down and select Turn off password protected sharing.

Windows 7
  1. Click the Start button.

  2. Click Control Panel.

  3. Click Network and Internet.

  4. Click Network and Sharing Center.

  5. Click Change Advanced Settings.

  6. Select Turn on file and printer sharing.

  7. Scroll down and select Turn off password protected sharing.

  8. Click Save Changes.
Windows XP
  1. Click the Start button.

  2. Click My Computer.

  3. Click the Tools menu and choose Folder Options.

  4. Click on the View tab and locate the "Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended)" checkbox in the list of Advanced Settings. To enable Simple File Sharing, ensure this checkbox is checked. To disable SFS, ensure the checkbox is not checked.

  5. Click OK.
  6. The settings for Simple File Sharing are now updated. No reboot is required.
How to share files
  1. Ensure File Sharing is enabled.
  2. Open Windows Explorer (or My Computer).
  3. Navigate to the file, folder or driver folder to be shared and click once on its icon to select it.
  4. From either the File menu or the right-click menu, choose the Sharing and Security option. A new properties window appears. If not, ensure that a valid file or folder was selected in the previous step.
  5. Click the Network tab in the properties window. If no Network tab appears, but a Sharing tab appears instead, close this window and ensure the Simple File Sharing option was enabled in the earlier step before proceeding.
  6. Click the Share this Folder option in the properties window to enable sharing of this resource. This allows all other computers on the network to access file(s) but not modify them. To grant others permission to modify these files, click Allow Network Users to Change My Files checkbox to enable this option.
  7. Note:

    Alternatively, if the Network tab is not enabled, make required settings in the Sharing tab to configure the equivalent sharing. Choose Share this folder to enable sharing.

  8. Click OK.

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