In our daily life, there are numerous instances at work, or school, where it becomes necessary to share large files between the computers. In these situations, particularly in a large and busy working environment, it might not be practical to use pen drives, CDs or other devices to copy the required documents to different systems in the Network. In such cases, the Windows help center suggests that it’s easy and convenient to share the files over the network.
The Windows help team gives several reasons for why problems occur when attempting to share files over a network in Windows XP. Before resorting to drastic measures, such as reformatting system settings or buying new equipments, the Windows help team suggests that you try a few things to determine what the problem might be. Most of the fixes given in the Windows help document are simple and only require a bit of leg work. You can complete this entire process in a few steps given by the Windows help team.
Windows help to enable Network Connection
- Make sure the network is enabled. Click Start->Connect to.
- Click “Show All Connections” from the given options.
- Windows help team reminds you to double check to make sure that the LAN or the Wireless Network Connection is enabled. If the connection is disabled, you’ll see a red “X” beneath the connection name.
- Double-click on the network icon to enable the device, if necessary.
Windows help to Share files
- Make sure the folder or hard drive you want to share is configured to allow sharing. If the file is available, you will see a hand holding the folder or drive in the display window.
- Right click the hard drive or folder you want to share.
- Select “Sharing and Security” from the options.
- Click the box next to “Share this folder on the network ” giving a different name if desired.
- Click “OK”
If you have followed these Windows help guidelines correctly, the drive or folder should now be accessible to the entire network.