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how do I setup a work group network for windows 7 and/or Vista?

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  • how do I setup a work group network for windows 7 and/or Vista?

    There are minor differences between Vista and Windows 7, so I’ve listed both of them in full:

     

    Vista

    Add a Vista computer to a workgroup by right-clicking Computer > Properties > Change Settings then change the Computer Name and the Workgroup Name. The computer should restart.

     

    Go to Control Panel > Classic View > Network and Sharing Center and make sure you have Network Discovery, File Sharing and Public Folder Sharing all set to ‘On’ and Password Protected Sharing to ‘Off’. If you want to use passwords, you have to set up identical user names and passwords on all computers in your network.

     

    To share a Vista folder, click it > Share on the Toolbar > Advanced Sharing, click ‘Share this folder’ > Apply > OK, etc. You only need to share the highest level folder, e.g. not every sub-folder. Two little people should appear on the icons of the folders that are shared. An alternative way of sharing is to drag the folders you want to share to the Public folder.

     

    If you don’t have Password Protected Sharing turned on, you have to change the security permissions on your folder(s) to allow Everyone access. Right-click the shared folder > Properties > Security Tab > Edit > Add and type ‘Everyone’ (not the quotes) into the box and OK. Tick the boxes next to the permissions you want to allow (e.g. Read or Write, etc.) then Apply > OK, etc. You may see some screens coming up with message 'An error occurred while applying ……..'. This is not unusual and can be ignored by clicking Continue.

     

     

    Windows 7

    Add a Windows 7 computer to a workgroup by going to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > System > Advanced System Settings (in the left pane) > Computer Name Tab > Change, type the Computer Name and Workgroup Name > OK. The computer should restart.

     

    Go to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Network and Sharing Center > Change Advanced Sharing Settings. In the Home or Work profile, make sure you have Network Discovery, File and Printer Sharing and Public Folder Sharing all set to ‘On’ and Password Protected Sharing to ‘Off’.

     

    To share a Windows 7 folder, right-click it > Properties > Sharing Tab > Advanced Sharing > Share this folder > Apply, OK > Close. You only need to share the highest level folder, e.g. not every sub-folder. Two little people should appear on the icons of the folders that are shared. An alternative way of sharing is to drag the folders you want to share to the Public folder.

     

    If you don’t have Password Protected Sharing turned on, you have to change the security permissions on your folder(s) to allow Everyone access. Right-click the shared folder > Properties > Security Tab > Edit > Add and type ‘Everyone’ (not the quotes) into the box and OK. Tick the boxes next to the permissions you want to allow (e.g. Read or Write, etc.) then Apply > OK, etc. You may see some screens coming up with message 'An error occurred while applying ……..'. This is not unusual and can be ignored by clicking Continue.

     

     

    Both

    Windows firewall (in Control Panel) is normally set to allow file and printer sharing but if you have a third-party firewall it needs to allow access to the networked computers, usually by adding their IP addresses. Don’t disable the Windows firewall if it’s the only one you’re running.

     

    To see or copy shared files, click the Windows Orb (Start) > Network and the computers/folders/files should appear.

      

    If Network is not on the Start Menu, right-click the Windows Orb (Start) > Properties > Start Menu Tab > Customize then scroll down and put a tick in Network. Alternatively, you can put a shortcut on the Desktop by right-clicking the Desktop > Personalize > Change desktop icons (in the left pane), put a tick in Network and then click Apply.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 7:59 AM
  • If you want to set up a network by using wireless or wired router between Windows 7 and Vista computers, you can check out this wireless network setup tutorial or wired network setup tutorial to get more ideas.

    Hope this helps.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 1:55 PM

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  • how do I setup a work group network for windows 7 and/or Vista?

    There are minor differences between Vista and Windows 7, so I’ve listed both of them in full:

     

    Vista

    Add a Vista computer to a workgroup by right-clicking Computer > Properties > Change Settings then change the Computer Name and the Workgroup Name. The computer should restart.

     

    Go to Control Panel > Classic View > Network and Sharing Center and make sure you have Network Discovery, File Sharing and Public Folder Sharing all set to ‘On’ and Password Protected Sharing to ‘Off’. If you want to use passwords, you have to set up identical user names and passwords on all computers in your network.

     

    To share a Vista folder, click it > Share on the Toolbar > Advanced Sharing, click ‘Share this folder’ > Apply > OK, etc. You only need to share the highest level folder, e.g. not every sub-folder. Two little people should appear on the icons of the folders that are shared. An alternative way of sharing is to drag the folders you want to share to the Public folder.

     

    If you don’t have Password Protected Sharing turned on, you have to change the security permissions on your folder(s) to allow Everyone access. Right-click the shared folder > Properties > Security Tab > Edit > Add and type ‘Everyone’ (not the quotes) into the box and OK. Tick the boxes next to the permissions you want to allow (e.g. Read or Write, etc.) then Apply > OK, etc. You may see some screens coming up with message 'An error occurred while applying ……..'. This is not unusual and can be ignored by clicking Continue.

     

     

    Windows 7

    Add a Windows 7 computer to a workgroup by going to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > System > Advanced System Settings (in the left pane) > Computer Name Tab > Change, type the Computer Name and Workgroup Name > OK. The computer should restart.

     

    Go to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Network and Sharing Center > Change Advanced Sharing Settings. In the Home or Work profile, make sure you have Network Discovery, File and Printer Sharing and Public Folder Sharing all set to ‘On’ and Password Protected Sharing to ‘Off’.

     

    To share a Windows 7 folder, right-click it > Properties > Sharing Tab > Advanced Sharing > Share this folder > Apply, OK > Close. You only need to share the highest level folder, e.g. not every sub-folder. Two little people should appear on the icons of the folders that are shared. An alternative way of sharing is to drag the folders you want to share to the Public folder.

     

    If you don’t have Password Protected Sharing turned on, you have to change the security permissions on your folder(s) to allow Everyone access. Right-click the shared folder > Properties > Security Tab > Edit > Add and type ‘Everyone’ (not the quotes) into the box and OK. Tick the boxes next to the permissions you want to allow (e.g. Read or Write, etc.) then Apply > OK, etc. You may see some screens coming up with message 'An error occurred while applying ……..'. This is not unusual and can be ignored by clicking Continue.

     

     

    Both

    Windows firewall (in Control Panel) is normally set to allow file and printer sharing but if you have a third-party firewall it needs to allow access to the networked computers, usually by adding their IP addresses. Don’t disable the Windows firewall if it’s the only one you’re running.

     

    To see or copy shared files, click the Windows Orb (Start) > Network and the computers/folders/files should appear.

      

    If Network is not on the Start Menu, right-click the Windows Orb (Start) > Properties > Start Menu Tab > Customize then scroll down and put a tick in Network. Alternatively, you can put a shortcut on the Desktop by right-clicking the Desktop > Personalize > Change desktop icons (in the left pane), put a tick in Network and then click Apply.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 7:59 AM
  • If you want to set up a network by using wireless or wired router between Windows 7 and Vista computers, you can check out this wireless network setup tutorial or wired network setup tutorial to get more ideas.

    Hope this helps.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 1:55 PM