Set Windows 7/8/XP/Vista networking

1. Create a homegroup
Click Start and enter HomeGroup in the search field. In the wizard, click Choose what to share … Take your pick and click Next. A password you’re asked. Write it down, you will be required when integrating other machines on the network. Finally, click Finishand close the window homegroup.

2. Join a Homegroup
On computers that have joined the network, open the HomeGroup. Click Attach. Select the folders to share with the group and click Next. Then enter the password noted above and click Next then Finish.
3. Share additional folders
To share any folder, right click on it and then click Share with (playback) or (Read Write) according to the rights you want to give network users. Yes, share elements.
4. Access to shared files
In Explorer, open the computer. In the left frame, scroll element HomeGroup computers. You then go to the computer and it contained a network share.
5. Read your media on another PC
Open Windows Media Player on the PC hosting the data to share. Scroll down Disseminating streaming, Allow remote control of my Player. Click Allow remote control on this network. On the same PC, right click on the music or videos to read and click on Read. Select the remote computer in the list. You can drag / drop your content from the list: they will be read as and when the remote PC.

PCs running Windows 7, Vista and XP

1. Check the workgroup
Pull down the Start menu. Right click on Computer then click Properties. In the Settings area of the computer name, check the name of the workgroup (default: WORKGROUP). It must be identical on all other machines on the network. Click OK.
2. Enable sharing
Then pull down the Start menu, Control Panel. Click Network and Internet and then Network and Sharing Center. In the left column, click Change advanced sharing settings. Make sure the Enable network discovery, Enable file sharing and printer Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write are selected. Finally, click Save Changes.
3. Share a folder
In Explorer, right click on the folder to share and click Share with specific people and then Some. Scroll down and select Everyone. Click Add. In the Permission Level column, click Play and choose to give rights to other network users. Click Share and then click Finish.
4. Share a printer
To share a printer, pull down Start, Devices and Printers. Right click on the relevant equipment and click Printer Properties. Open the Sharing tab and then click Change sharing options. Check the Share this printer. Click Additional Drivers. Check the box if there are x64 64-bit Windows on your network and x86 for 32-bit and click OK twice.
5. Access files and shared printers
On the PC running Windows XP or Vista, open the My Network Places, Entire Network, Microsoft Windows Network and Workgroup. Double-click the icon on the PC under Windows 7. You then have access to files and shared printers. Enter the username and password of an account on the computer in Windows 7 and click OK. Double-click the shared printer and click Yes. You can now use the shared printer as a local printer.

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