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Chapter 8. Setting Up a Home Network > Sharing Files and Folders Across the Net...

Sharing Files and Folders Across the Network

Once you have your network up and running, it's time to take advantage of it—by copying or moving files from one computer to another. To share files between the PCs on your network, you have to enable Windows XP's file sharing on the PC that contains those files. You do this by following these steps:

1.
Use My Computer to navigate to the folder that contains the file you want to share.

2.
Right-click the folder icon and select Sharing and Security from the pop-up menu; this displays the Properties dialog box.

caution

Be cautious about turning on file sharing. When you let a folder be shared, anyone accessing your network can access the contents of the folder.

3.
Select the Sharing tab, shown in Figure 8.5.

Figure 8.5. Enable file sharing so that other computers can access the files in a particular folder.


4.
Check the Share This Folder on the Network option.

5.
Click OK when done—then repeat this procedure for every folder you want to share on every computer connected to your network.


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