Windows: folder and file sharing network


How to share folders and files on a network with Windows

 

Let’s see what are the arrangements offered by Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Vista to share files and folders on the network .
If we want to share a folder in Windows to make it accessible to other computers on the same network can choose sharing methods different. The sharing mode to use depends on the type of operating system used and the level of access that we want to set for the shared assets, ie the type of control that we have to maintain. We can for example allow the contents of a shared folder is viewable to anyone but you can not edit the files in it nor create new ones.
The access level to be set for a folder or file you want to share in the same network is called authorization level . Share permissions governing access to shared items and define the operations that you can perform. Before choosing which method to use to share folders and files would be better to know what are the available permission levels.

 

Authorization level shared folders and files on the network with Windows

Reading or Viewing : You can view the contents of a folder and open files and folders. • Writing : You can create new folders and new files and make changes to existing files and folders.
Edit : you can edit existing files and folders but you can not create new ones.
Full control : you can view the contents of a folder or a file, edit existing files and folders, create new folders and new files, and run programs in the folder.windows logo microsoft corporation

How to share folders and files on the network with the Public Folders in Windows

The Public Folders Windows represent the fastest way to share files and folders between computers within the same network but also between people using the same computer.
To share a document, a piece of music, picture or video is enough copy or move it to a public folder in Windows.
To share a folder within the same network using public folders of Windows must enable sharing of public folders .
Folders and files we choose to share on the network using public folders Windows are shared with an authorization level of complete control .
The sharing of folders on the network via public folders of Windows is available for computers running Windows 8 / 8.1 ,Windows 7 and Windows Vista . Warning: folder sharing network via public folders of Windows does not allow you to share folders and files outside the personal folder. The personal folder is the folder that contains all the folders of the user and which label the name chosen by the user to access your computer.

How to share folders and files on a network with Windows HomeGroup

A Group Home Windows is a group of computers that can share any document, music, image, video, or a printer with other computers on the network belonging to the same group home.
To share a folder within the same network using the homegroup Windows we have to create a new group home or join a homegroup existing.
The folders and files that we choose to share on the network using the homegroup Windows are initially shared with a permission level-only reading but we can change the access level at any time.
The sharing of folders over the network using the homegroup Windows is available for computers running Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows 7 . Warning: folder sharing network using the homegroup Windows can not share folders and files outside the personal folder.

 

How to share folders and files on the network with the Advanced Sharing Windows

For safety reasons, you can not share any folder or file in Windows using public folders or group home. If we want to share folders and files outside the personal folder, share folders Windows system or share your entire hard disk of the computer we must necessarily use the advanced sharing of Windows .
The advanced sharing can provide a higher level of security than other methods sharing because it allows to require authentication of users who want to access the folder and files shared on the network.
The sharing of folders and files on the network by sharing Advanced Windows is available for computers running Windows 8 / 8.1 , Windows 7 and Windows Vista .

 

Share files and folders using advanced sharing

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