Windows® 7 Networking
Features of Windows 7 Networking
Each and every new version launched by Windows makes sharing of resources a bit easier than its predecessor. For example, Windows Vista makes it quite simple to share the files in a Public folder around the network. However, files and folders stored in the user’s account folder still needs configuration of specific folders and also account permissions. The Windows 7Â HomeGroup feature makes it easier to build a network, as you are allowed to set up a password protected network with the other Windows 7 systems. With this, you can share your folders and printers located almost anywhere in your system, including the ones that belong to the individual accounts. After joining the Windows 7 Networking HomeGroup, you need to give the password only once. Let us have a look at some of the best features of the new Windows 7 Networking system.
Libraries: This feature allows aggregation of data from different sources into one folder view, known as a virtual folder. In actuality, this is a kind of indexed view of several data sources. Because of this, all the folders of a user's home directory are pre-fixed with the word Personal, thus allowing to distinguish between personal and public documents. The Libraries are helpful in joining together public and personal documents into single documents directory. Some of the libraries in Windows 7 Networking are Documents, Music, Downloads, Videos and Photos. You can even create your own libraries as per your requirements and preferences.
Networking and Sharing
Although the Networking and Sharing center was available in Windows Vista also, but the one in Windows 7 is much more simplified. The options have been shifted to Choose HomeGroup and sharing options window and left navigation options have moved to other menu windows. The section of' View your active networks' also looks easier and nicer now.
With VAN or View Available Networks, the Windows 7 Networking system becomes a much simpler and a new type of virtual network. This feature allows the users to view all the available networks and get connected to them from the system tray directly. As the users are becoming more mobile these days, connecting to several networks is a much demanded feature.
It is a major help for IT admin and branch office users. With BranchCache feature, remote users of Windows 7 can access file and Intranet content on Windows Server 2008 R2. The best thing about the feature is that it is compatible with all the Windows security settings and ensures that it has delivered the recent version of file to the PC that asked for it.
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