XP Vista file sharing tutorial
Written by Tom on 04/04/08
My own first attempt (with no firewalls)
Create an account on the vista and XP machine that has the same user and password
Enable when using Nortons
You'll need to open Norton Internet Security Projection Center and click on "View" Network Map
Here is the blow by blow account (from the web)
1. Open the Network and Sharing Center window by clicking on the Windows orb in the lower left corner, and then either right-clicking on Network and selecting
Properties, or opening the Control Panel and double-clicking
Network and Sharing Center.See picture below (click it for a larger version).
2. If your network type is
Public,you need to change it to
• 1. To the right of the network name and location type, click Customize.
• 2. In the Set Network Location dialog box, click Private, and then click Next.
• 3. In the Successfully set network settings dialog box, click Close.
Sharing and Discoveryin the bottom half of the Network and Sharing Center window, you need to turn all the settings from
Onby clicking on the down arrow next to each setting, clicking on
Turn on, and clicking on
Apply.But see some pointers below:
• 1. For the
Password protected sharingsetting: you may want to leave this
Offat your discretion. (I turned mine off.)
• 2. For the
Public folder sharingsetting:
• 1. If you want to share the public folder so that other computers on the network can access the Public share to open files, but not create or change files, click Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open files. This is the default setting.
• 2. But if you want to share the public folder so that other computers on the network can access the Public share to open files and also create or change files, click Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open, change, and create files.
4. You’re done with the Network and Sharing Center window. Close it via the
5. Click the Windows orb at the lower left corner of your computer, and click on Computer.
6. In the Computer window, navigate to the folder containing the file(s) or folder(s) that you want to share: e.g.,
Documentsor a specific file or folder within. Note: don’t open the folder itself that you want to share: just navigate to the folder that contains this folder.
7. Right-click the folder that you want to share, and then click Share. The File Sharing window is displayed. (Click picture for a larger version.)
9. If you have password protected sharing disabled (like I do): Click the drop-down arrow inside the blank field in the File Sharing window, and select the Guest or Everyone account. Click
Add.Then for that new account, click on the down arrow under
Permission Levelto change it to Co-owner (if you want anybody to read and modify files) or leave it at
Reader(if you want other computers to just read but not modify your files). NOTE: this is where I got stuck before!
11. Ta-da! You should now be able to view the contents of this folder from any other computer in the network!
Everyonewhen sharing a folder, you’re also making its contents available to any computer that joins this network. Many households, including mine, have wireless Internet via a wifi router. If you don’t have WEP encryption turned on, then I could just drive up and park on the street near your home, open my laptop, let it join your network via your wifi, and then nose around through your files. It’s particularly important that you have WEP encryption turned on for your wifi network. I plan to do a blog post about this soon.