File Sharing in Windows® 7
What is file sharing and which firewall may not allow file sharing on Windows 7?
File sharing is an important feature of a network. Through file sharing, you might be able to share files, documents etc. through the Internet. The file sharing allows you to increase the usability of networking. Some common resources like documents could be shared using file sharing. You could easily share the files and folders with anyone at home or office even though the procedure is different. By creating Home Group uses could easily share pictures, music, videos, documents, and even printers. You might use the Share with menu to choose individual files and folders to share them with others. It allows you to share file and devices over multiple computers. The sharing of folders between two computers is an easy process using the file sharing.
The following are reasons due to which firewall may not allow file sharing on Windows 7 and tips to fix those problems:
- Reasons to block file sharing
- Configure the firewall
- Configure Traffic blocking
Reasons to block file sharing
Sometimes, Windows 7 firewall might be configured to block all traffic. This is a security feature. You need to adjust the Windows Firewall settings to allow the sending and receiving of files in the network. Do not enable the file sharing when the system is connected to a public network. Home office file sharing network is a collection of systems in a Home Network and they could share files with any other systems in that Home Network.
Configure the firewall
You have to firstly log in Administrator account. You would firstly click the Start button and from that take Control Panel. In that, you need to select the System and Security and after that, select Windows Firewall. When you click that, a new windows would appear. In the left pane of the window, you have an option to turn on or off the firewall. There are some other settings also. If you need maximum security, you could check the box for the blocking all the incoming connections. You would also get notifications when the firewall would block any new program. You need to check the box for that. This would help to solve the issues related to blocking of applications.
Windows Firewall which is used would have ability to control the non-genuine traffic which would come to the computer network. It is seen that the firewall would allow the incoming connections from the Windows Remote Assistance. As a result, only the permitted connections are allowed to enter and all other non-genuine connections are being blocked by this firewall. Thus, it would give security to the both the users and the administrators. You need to adjust the control of network traffic.
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