Network Sharing in Windows® 7
The Windows 7 troubleshooting and enhancing of your computer network connections, has come up with already embedded application software called Network and Sharing Center which is available in Windows Vista earlier. However it is still too early to know for sure what the Windows and Sharing Center will look like when Windows 7 is eventually compared with Vista. At this point though, there are several elements that seem to be identical to their Windows Vista counterparts like the components that include the Change Adapter Settings, Fix a Network Problem, and the Setup a New Connection or Network functions. Windows 7 configuration window offers you a few new choices and a few old choices but, overall, not a lot of choices to choose from anyways. Both the Network and Sharing Center and the Internet Options are common but the Home Group is new.
The following points discuss the features about Network and Sharing Center in Windows 7 Edition:
- Sharing Center
- Sharing and Discovery
- Home Groups
You could access it by opening the Windows 7 Control Panel and clicking on the Network and Internet link, followed by the Network and Sharing Center link. The first change that is the View Your Active Network option where if you look towards the bottom of the screen, you would notice a link labeled Connect to a Network. If you click on this link, Windows would display a dialog box that tells you which network you are connected to and more importantly though, this dialog box contains a change button, clicking the Change button gives you the option of connecting to any other network connection that you have defined.
Sharing and Discovery
You could see that Windows 7 maintains three separate network profiles and maintains separate sharing settings for each of these profiles. Another thing that you would notice is about this screen is that it clearly identifies which profile Windows is currently using, so that you will know which of the sharing settings is currently applied. The Advanced Sharing Settings screen provides you with access to three separate network sharing profiles on your desktop.
The Microsoft seems to be placing a greater emphasis on peer networking and has started to acknowledge that home networks are becoming much more common in purpose. This feature is not really all that useful on domain networks but the basic idea behind it is that if you are connected to a workgroup you could create a home group which could be used for sharing documents and other resources with other computers on the network.
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