File Sharing Options in Microsoft® Windows® 7 and Microsoft® Windows® Vista
What are the file sharing options in Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating system? How can they be compared?
It is possible to share files and folders in several different ways. The common way to share files in Windows is to share them directly from your computer. Two methods are here for sharing files. You could share files from any folder on your computer or from the Public folder. The method you use depends on where you want to store the shared folders, who you want to share them with, and how much control you want to have over the files. These methods allow you to share files or folders with someone using your computer or another computer on the same network.
The following is a list of file sharing options in Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating system:
- Password Protected File Sharing in Windows Vista
- Simple file sharing
- HomeGroup sharing
Password Protected File Sharing in Windows Vista
If you do not wish other users to access a shared folder, you need to implement password protected file sharing in Windows Vista , so that the user will be prompted to enter correct username and password before accessing those shared folder or file in home or wireless network. If you share some sensitive information this is especially useful. You could set the file permissions also. There are three modes reader, contributor, and Co-owner. The reader could only view or read files in the shared folder.
Simple file sharing
The simple file sharing in Windows 7 is easy and common to be used to share file or folder with other users that use Windows XP, Vista or 7 in same workgroup. Other users are allowed to access the shared file or folder without authenticating the username and password, and so it is called simple file sharing. Do not enable this simple file sharing when your computer is connected to public network because the other public users can also access the shared file/folder without authentication after you have enabled it.
It is possible to share files on a home network to create or join a HomeGroup. It is a group of computers that share pictures, music, videos, documents, and even printers. To participate in a HomeGroup the computers must be running Windows 7. You tell Windows which folders or libraries to share and which to leave private when setting up or joining a HomeGroup. The Windows works behind the scenes to toggle between the appropriate settings.
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