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Windows 7 - How to Share Your Folders and Files in Windows 7

Windows 7 introduces a new type of sharing between other Windows computers and your own. The Windows 7 "Homegroup" configuration lets users more easily share files and folders on a small network. This type of sharing eliminates the need for users to understand networking, sharing security, and user permissions. Instead, the user simply adds folders and files to the Homegroup using Windows Explorer. The Windows 7 Homegroup has limited security options, but it is convenient for users who run a small network in the home or a small office.

Steps for File Sharing with "Homegroup"
Sharing folders in Windows 7 is accomplished using Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer is the program used to display your files and folders when you double-click the "Computer" icon on your desktop. The following are the steps for Homegroup file sharing: 1. Double-click "Computer" on your desktop. If this icon is not on your desktop, click the Windows Orb in the task bar. Select "Computer" to open Windows Explorer.
2. Navigate to the location of the file or folder you want to share.
3. Right-click the file or folder. Select "Share with" from the popup menu.
4. Click "Homegroup (Read/Write)" to allow users to edit and read your files. If you only want other users to read your files without the ability to edit them, click "Homegroup (Read)" in the popup menu.
Sharing with Specific Users
For a little more advanced sharing, instead of choosing "Homegroup" from the popup in the previous steps, click "Specific Users." This opens a configuration window with a list of users configured on the computer. The configuration window provides you with the ability to lock out some users and give explicit access to others. Explicit access gives you more control over the users and their privileges to the files and folders.
After you select a user, check off the type of access you want to give to the user. For instance, if you want to give full access to the file, select "Full Access" from the list. Full access privileges let users edit, read and change security permissions on the file or folder.
Using the Windows 7 Homegroup option lets you quickly share files across your network. This Windows 7 feature helps home users set up a network and access files without transferring or copying between computers. Homegroup sharing is a convenience for people who work and play on different computers.


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