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Windows 8 : Sharing files and folders (part 2) - Enabling folder sharing using the Windows 8 interface, Enabling folder sharing using the traditional interface

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Sharing files and folders

The ability to share files and folders remains one of the most basic reasons that organizations deploy networks in the workplace and why more people are deploying networks in their homes. In Windows 8, you must enable sharing on your network, go through the process of sharing resources, and then secure access to those resources by setting varying levels of permissions.

Enabling folder sharing using the Windows 8 interface

To enable file and folder sharing in Windows 8, complete the following steps:

  1. Tap or move your mouse pointer to the upper-right or lower-right corner of the screen to access the charms.

  2. Click the Settings charm to open the Settings menu.

  3. Tap or click Network.

  4. When the list of networks appears, press and hold or right-click the network with which you’d like to share resources.

  5. When the shortcut menu appears, choose Turn Sharing On Or Off.

  6. Tap or click Yes, Turn On Sharing And Connect To Devices, as shown in Figure 5.

Enabling file sharing on a particular network

Figure 5. Enabling file sharing on a particular network

Enabling folder sharing using the traditional interface

Alternatively, you can enable file sharing in a more traditional way in Windows 8 by configuring the network profile settings for the network to which you’re connected. To do so, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Network and Sharing Center.

  2. Tap or click the Change Advanced Sharing Settings option to open a dialog box like the one shown in Figure 6.

  3. To enable folder sharing, select the Turn On File And Printer Sharing option.

  4. Tap or click Save Changes.

The Advanced Sharing Settings for the Private network profile

Figure 6. The Advanced Sharing Settings for the Private network profile

There are a number of additional options on this page.

For private networks, three settings are available:

  • Network Discovery When Network Discovery is enabled, the Windows 8–based computer can find other devices on the network and is itself visible on the network. This feature plays a prominent role in sharing resources such as documents and printers. When this feature is disabled—which is often the case for security reasons—the Windows 8–based computer doesn’t seek out and display network resources and doesn’t advertise itself on the network. However, even when Network Discovery is disabled, the Windows 8–based computer can use resources shared by other computers or servers on the network, but the administrator or person using the computer needs to know the network path to access those resources.

  • File And Printer Sharing When File and Printer Sharing is enabled, the Windows 8–based computer is allowed to share its resources on the network. This feature accompanies Network Discovery, which makes shared resources visible on the network; File and Printer Sharing is the mechanism by which those resources are shared.

  • HomeGroup Connections In non-domain environments, Windows 8 provides HomeGroup functionality, which streamlines the process of sharing resources on smaller or home networks.

For guest or public networks, the options are the same as for private networks, with one exception. If the selected network is a public network, the HomeGroup Connections option is not available.

In the All Networks section of the Advanced Sharing Settings dialog box (Figure 7), you find other settings that are pertinent to file and folder sharing:

  • Public Folder Sharing Anyone on the network can access the contents of folders marked as public that are shared from this computer.

  • Media Streaming When Media Streaming is enabled, other people and devices on the network can access pictures, movies, and music from this computer. In addition, this computer can find media on the network.

  • File Sharing Connections This setting requires an encrypted, 128-bit connection for file-sharing connections. Some earlier versions of Windows and some devices on the market do not support this level of encryption. If you are having trouble with a device, try to use the 40/56-bit option instead.

  • Password Protected Sharing This setting ensures that people accessing the resources on this computer—files, folders, and printers—actually have an account and password on this computer. If not, the user is denied access to the resource.

The Advanced Sharing Settings dialog box

Figure 7. The Advanced Sharing Settings dialog box


 
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