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Chapter 23. Accessing and Using Your Net... > Setting Up File and Printer Sharing

Setting Up File and Printer Sharing

Whether it’s a folder, disk drive, or printer, networking is all about sharing. Vista’s sharing options have many more nuances than those of previous versions of Windows. In fact, Vista allows you to configure sharing in five different ways: general file and printer sharing, Public folder sharing, printer sharing, password-protected sharing, and media sharing. It all happens in the Network and Sharing Center (refer to Chapter 22), in the Sharing and Discovery section.

The File Sharing setting covers general file and printer sharing. It offers you two choices (after making your choice, click Apply and enter your UAC credentials):


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