Windows® 7 Library Sharing
Get to know more about Windows 7 library sharing.
Windows 7 is an upgraded form of the best features in Windows XP. The most useful feature in this new version is the libraries, which has been basically made out of the 'My Documents' option, along with a few extra and useful functionalities. The library is a virtual location where your PC keeps all your files and folders instead of scattering them all over your hard drive. This makes the files easy to find. This enables you to pull up even the files which have been tucked away in your PC's nether regions within a matter of seconds. In addition, it is also possible to share these files and folders in your library, with other computers, by making them available on your network. It is also possible to share music and pictures- whole folders or libraries- on your network.
Let us discuss about Windows 7 library sharing and advantages of sharing:
- Share Libraries on Your Network
- Some Setbacks While Sharing
- Advantages of Sharing
Share Libraries on Your Network
The best way to share music, videos, printers, pictures as well as documents from your PC, on the network, is through HomeGroup in Windows 7. Creating and joining your computers on a HomeGroup Network is an easy task. Just click 'Start' and go into the 'Control Panel'. Next, search for the HomeGroup option. After you have entered the HomeGroup toolbar, click on the 'Create HomeGroup' option and enter your password and then click 'Finish' to conclude. Repeat the same exercise on the other PC, and enter the password, to join the two computers on your network. You can then, select the names of the libraries that you want to share and put them up for sharing.
Some Setbacks While Sharing
As easy as sharing of libraries is on Windows 7 PC, there are some setbacks. For instance, although, HomeGroup is available on all the versions of Windows 7, the option of creating one is only present with some of them like, Windows 7 Premium and Windows 7 Professional. Thus, if you own a PC enabled with a Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 starter, then you only have an option of joining a HomeGroup created by another computer with the Premium or Professional editions. Joining a Windows XP enabled PC to one with Windows 7 is a different thing altogether.
While the setting up of all the sharing and network options on Windows 7 may seem cumbersome to many, it has quite a few advantages, if it is correctly configured. By setting up a HomeGroup network, you can not only reduce the tedious task of transferring each and every folder manually from one PC to another, but also create different viewpoints for all your files and folders, making them readily accessible, while keeping them in one place. The greatest advantage of a HomeGroup option on the PC is that sharing printers becomes easier and faster.
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