Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sharing Files In Windows Xp

Once you configure your computer to share files, you no longer have to copy files to a floppy disk or USB flash drive to transfer them to another computer. open them from other computers connected to the network, just like you’d open files that are stored on a single computer. You can also choose to have folders visible but not modifiable from other computers on the network.

To share files on your computer follow the steps below:

1. Log on to the computer as an administrator

2. Click Start--> My Documents--> Right click the folder that you want to share--> Then Click Sharing And Security.

3. If you see a message that reads, As a Security measure, windows has disabled remote access to this computer--> Click the network setup wizard link--> On the file and printer sharing page of the network setup wizard, be sure to select--> Turn ON file and printer sharing--> If you do not see this message then you can skip to the next step.

4. In the properties dialog box, select Share this folder on the network check box.

5. If you want to be able to edit your files from any computer on your network(Instead of just being able to open them without saving any changes) Select the ALLOW NETWORK USERS TO CHANGE MY FILES check box.

6. Click 'OK'

7. Windows Explorer will show a hand holding the folder icon, Indicating the folder is now shared.


  1. Is this similar to Home group sharing in Windows 7 ?

  2. Home group is completly different from what this topic gives info about. This topic gives information about sharing files or folders. To know more about homegroup in windows 7 please visit http://windows7support247.blogspot.com/

  3. Is there any limit in sharing files, for eg: can we share movies and large data?

  4. Yes, you can share movies and large data files also. That is what FileSharing is meant for.


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