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    Lightbulb Share printer and files over a network including wireless too

    Edited @ 8:30PM EST....this does not apply to the newer Win7 networks....see second post for Win 7 networking tip....Win7 info contributed by arraknid
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    Share printer and files over a network including wireless too

    How to access files on the desktop from a laptop, and to share the printer.
    There is a simple way to set this up.

    To many people, a home network is merely a means to share an Internet connection.

    However, a network allows you to share files, folders and printers, too.




    Let's start with files and folders.
    You can share the contents of most folders on your hard drive. You can even share your entire My Documents folder.
    Right-click a folder that you want to share and select Properties. Select the Sharing tab. Under "Network sharing and security," select "Share this folder on the network." Under "Share name," enter a name that your laptop will use to identify the folder.
    Under the name is a check-box labeled "Allow network users to change my files." This option allows you to edit the desktop files on your laptop. Otherwise, you can only view the files. After you've made your choice, click OK.
    All other computers on your network will enjoy the same privileges. So make sure your network is encrypted Encryption keeps the neighbors out of your network and your shared files.
    Now you can view and open the folder from your laptop. To find a shared folder, click Start>>My Network Places. The folder will appear with the share name that you created for it.

    Set up the printer for sharing
    To share your printer, start with the desktop PC. Click Start>>Control Panel. Double-click Printers and Faxes. Right-click your printer's icon and select Properties.
    Select the Sharing tab. Click "Share this printer." Under "Share name," enter a name that your laptop will use to identify the printer.
    Under Drivers, you have the option to install additional drivers for the printer. If both computers use the same Windows version, ignore this option and click OK. Otherwise, you must add the printer driver that matches your lap-top's version of Windows.
    You can find drivers on your printer's installation disc.
    If the disc is lost, check for drivers on the printer manufacturer's Web site. You may also find them elsewhere on the Web.
    Finally, locate the shared printer with your laptop.
    On the laptop, click Start>>Control Panel. Double-click Printers and Faxes. Double-click Add Printer. The Add Printer Wizard will start.
    Under Local or Network Printer, select "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer." Click Next. Under "Specify a Printer," select "Browse for a printer." Click Next.
    Under "Shared printers," you'll see a listing for your desktop PC. Double-click the listing to reveal the shared printer. Click the printer's icon, then click Next. You'll be prompted to set the printer as your default. Select Yes and click Next. Then click Finish on the next window.

    Disclaimer: Never share the complete Main Drive (usually C Drive)...just files, folders and printers

    Source: Internet and abs....this is for basic networks and should work fine on most MS Os's
    If all the computers are the same OS there is no need to create a disk for the other computers.....just click "finished" @ the end

    See next post for Win7 networking tip
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    Adding Windows 7 computer to existing network

    One of the many new innovations included in Windows 7 is a much improved system of home networking called HomeGroup. As well as offering easier and more diverse allocation of permissions to shared content, access is protected by a password which, for small business networks, is a necessity.

    As soon as Windows 7 is installed, it creates a default HomeGroup. If it detects an existing HomeGroup, you will be given the opportunity to join, but you will need the password. For home and small business users, HomeGroup is an excellent tool, but there is a problem.

    HomeGroup only works when all other machines on the network have Windows 7 installed, which in the short term, may not be the case. There will be many situations where the network has XP or Vista machines as part of the network, in addition to Windows 7. So, how is it possible to get them all to work together?

    Actually, it's not that difficult. The trick is to avoid the HomeGroup option which, by default, users are led into when trying to add a Windows 7 machine to an existing network, and do the following instead. These instructions assume that all machines are connected to a common hub/router, either cabled or wirelessly, and that all necessary permissions exist. If you are adding the Windows 7 machine to an existing network, that should already be the case. As this is aimed at home users, only the Workgroup option will be addressed.

    First thing to do is note the name of the existing Workgroup, together with the password, if applicable. For this example, we'll use MSHOME, which is the Windows default. If yours is different, change as necessary.

    On the Windows 7 machine, click on Start and right click Computer, then Properties. That will open the following window.



    At the bottom of the window you'll see Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings. Click on Change Settings. This window will open.



    Under the Computer Name tab, click the Change button. In the next window, select Workgroup and enter the name you copied earlier. Click on OK and you'll be prompted to restart.



    You should now see your XP/Vista machines shown on the network, and shared files/folders will be accessible, but you may need the network password if one has been allocated. The Windows 7 machine will appear on the rest of the network, but when you try to access any shared files/folders, you'll probably be asked for a password. That's because, by default, Windows 7 requires you to enter one.

    To turn that option off, open Network and Sharing Center and, in the left column, click on Change Advanced Sharing Settings. That will open the following window.



    Scroll down to Password Protected Sharing, select Turn off Password Protected Sharing, then Save changes at the bottom of the window. You can change other settings in that same window, such as Printer Sharing, etc.

    One final word, don't forget to set the sharing options on the Windows 7 machine.
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