Securely Share Files in a Home Network with Windows Vista
Many home users who have Windows Vista will want to set up a network to securely share files with other computers in the home. However, many individuals who have Vista may notice that Vista may not allow them to see other computers and the files on the computer even after the network has been established. In this tutorial, you will learn how to overcome this common issue.
The first thing that you should understand when dealing with a home network on Windows Vista is that there are many security features that are integrated in this operating system that prevent authorized access. If you want to establish permissions for other computers on the home network to see the files contained on this operating system, you must work through the steps that will be detailed in this tutorial.
You will want to turn on your Windows Vista computer and click on the start button. Once you click on this button, you will see the menu open up. You will want to locate the “Network” option. Once you have opened up the Network menu, you will want to search for the option that is named “Network and Sharing Center”.
You will run across an option in the Network and Sharing Center that allows you to turn the Public Sharing Folder on and off. If you want to share the files on your computer with other individuals that are part of your home network, simply click on the “off” button.
This will automatically turn on securely share files option. You can switch on the securely share files switch so that any person on the network can open and make alterations to the files. These individuals can also create files on the Windows Vista computer.
If you prefer that other individuals on the home network do not change the files that you have saved on your computer, you can adjust your options to reflect this choice. All you have to do is simply elect the option to allow others to copy the files from your computer, but not change those files in any way. All you have to do is allow access to the files, but not adjustment of those files.
You will notice that when you attempt to access the personal files on a home network with Windows Vista that a username and a password must be entered. This has to be the username and password that is derived from the actual Windows Vista computer, not the computer that is attempting to access the files. It is suggested that this feature remains on.
If you elect to eliminate this security measure, you must simply turn off the feature that requires a password to protect the sharing of the files on the Windows Vista computer. All you have to do is click the word “on” to remove this password. When clicking it, it will change to the word “off”. You will want to select “Turn Off Password Protection Sharing”.
The great thing about Windows Vista and securely sharing files over the home network is that it is not required to share all files on this computer. There is what is called a “Public Folder”. You can work through the system to determine which files you want moved to this folder. Once you locate the files that you want to share, all you have to do is drag and drop them into the public folder.
Even after applying the new settings to allow Windows Vista to securely share files and be seen by other computers on the home network, there are many cases in which this may still provide a lack of viewing. If you find that you cannot see other computers, and other computers cannot see you, there are a couple of steps that can be performed in order to correct this issue.
You may have to turn off all components to the home network in order to allow viewing of other computers. You may have to turn off the systems, the router, and the modem that helps to network the computers. You will then turn on all of these and walk through the home networking setup. It is important to ensure that the same workgroup named is shared among all elements of the network.
Once you perform these steps, you should be able to view all computers in a secured home networking environment. As an added security measure, you may want to implement the use of a password that will securely share files and protect your home network from outside intrusion.