How To Setup File Sharing

By default, file sharing is enabled on Windows NT workstation and server.  However, you must be at least a Power User to share files. If you are unable to share files, contact your computers administrator and ask them to upgrade your user classification to Power User.

On Window 95/98 file sharing is disabled by default. To enable file sharing on a Windows 95/98 machine, do these steps:

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel by pressing the Start button and select Settings | Control Panel from the menu.
  2. Double-click the Network applet. The Network dialog should appear.
  3. On the Configuration tab of the Network dialog, click button File and Print Sharing . The File and Print Sharing dialog will appear.
  4. Check the box for I want to be able to give other access to my files. Then click the OK button.
  5. On the Network dialog select tab Identification. Make a note of the computer name.
  6. Press the OK button on the Network dialog to apply the changes. You will probably be asked to reboot your computer afterwards.
  7. After rebooting the computer verify that sharing has indeed been enabled by right-clicking any folder. If sharing is enabled the popup menu will have Sharing... as an option.


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