The computer contains tons of files. Thus, one of the capabilities of the computer is to share files to different or another computer. The Windows Microsoft has an application called Network Neighborhood. This must first be enabled before it can transfer and share files to another computer. In other words, completing the Network Setup must be first done.

Rename and Set the Workgroup Name. Once the home network have been set up, the person’s computer can able to share files and folders even if he/she is using a different version of Windows. Moving on, to organize the networking and sharing, after the network has been set up the next task to do is put all computers in the same group by using the same workgroup name. This is for the users to easily access and able detect each other regardless of what version of Windows he/she is using.

However, all versions of Windows do not have the same default workgroup name. Therefore, it is the user’s duty to change and rename it to a certain workgroup name which is uniform to all.

In changing the workgroup name on a computer running on a certain version of Windows is as follows:

Windows XP

•    Click Start menu
•    Right click My Computer then click Properties
•    Click the Computer Name in System Properties to see the workgroup name
•    Click the Change then type the  Computer Name
•    Click OK

Windows Vista or Windows 7

•    Click Start menu
•    Right click My Computer then click Properties
•    Click Change Settings under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings
•    Click the Computer Name in System Properties
•    Click the Change
•    Type the workgroup name to be used in Computer Name/Domain Changes in workgroup
•    Click OK then restart the computer

Setting the Network Location

Basically, there are four types of network locations that exist. It includes Home, Work, Public, and Domain. These network locations are settings that enables automatically the Windows to adjust its security and other settings depending on what the computer type of network it is connected to. The network type depends on the person’s choice and must coincide to the network location. Like for example, in home network, it should be set to Home type network location.

Once set up, it is ready to share files and folders. Automatically, the network discovery is turned on after the network location was changed to Home or Work. There are some sharing options that can also be turn on individually and manually which work to certain purpose like:

•    The Network discovery enables other computer to find the person’s computer as well as he/she can find other computers or devices.
•    File sharing enables in sharing files and folders
•    Public folder sharing enables in sharing Public folders.

Moreover, certain files and folders can be set up with password for more security purposes. This password setting depends on the user if he/she wants to enable or disable it. Also, the user must check his/her Windows Firewall and make sure it allows file, printer, and other device sharing.