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How to share files and folders in LAN in Windows Vista?

Sharing files and folders in LAN in Windows Vista.

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Before sharing files and folders, please ensure the following.
 ● On the Exceptions tab of Windows Firewall, select File and Printer Sharing.
 
Note: If Norton Internet Security or other firewall software is used, please pre-set up the PC communications.

 

■ How to share Public folder
● How to share Public folder in EXPLORER
1. Move files and folders to share to C:\Account\Public folder
※ Account folder may display as USER, and Public folder as PUBLIC.
2. Right-click Public folder and select Share.
 
3. Click Advanced sharing
 
4. If the User Account Control dialog box displays, click Continue.
5. If the User Account Control dialog box doesn't display, please follow the steps below.
6. Select Share this folder, and click OK.
 
7.  In the Public properties dialog box, click Close.
 


● How to share Public folder in Network and Sharing Center

1. Move files and folders to share to C:\Account\Public folder
※Account folder may display as USER, Public folder as PUBLIC. 
2. Click Start, and click Control Panel.
3. On the Network and Internet tab, click View Network status and tasks.
4. Click of Public folder sharing under Sharing and Discovery.
 
5. Select Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open files or Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open, change, and create files, and then click Apply
 
6. If the User Account Control dialog box displays, click Continue.

 

■ How to share files from any folder on the computer

Different from Public folder, with this method, sharing permissions need to be set for every account.

Move the files and folders to share to the location other than Public folder.
1. Right-click the file to share, and click Share.
 
2. In Choose people to share with the files  dialog, select the proper user and click Share.
 
Note:  Users must have a user account and password for this computer to access files shared.
3. If the User Account Control dialog box displays, click Continue.
4. In File Sharing dialog, click Done to complete file sharing.
 


■ How to set sharing permissions
1. Click Start, and then click Network.
2. The Computers in the same LAN appear. Double-click the icon of the computer to set sharing permissions. Only when the Network Discovery is enabled, the computers in the LAN can be shown on the Network dialog box.

3. In the Connect to *** (*** is the computer name) dialog box, type User Name and Password, and then click OK.

Note: If you are not sure the User Name and Password of another party, here below is an introduction.
a. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
b. On the Network and Internet tab, click View Network status and tasks.
c. In the Network and Sharing Center dialog box, Click of Password protection sharing under Sharing and Discovery.
 
d. Select Turn off password protection sharing, and then click Apply.
 
e. If the User Account Control dialog box displays, click Continue.