File sharing on Windows® 7
Learn how to share files on Windows 7 operating system.
File sharing in Windows 7 means sharing of files that are stored digitally. The data might be video, audio, image, text files etc. You could easily share the files and folders with anyone at home or office even though the procedure is different. By creating HomeGroup, the user can easily share pictures, music, videos, documents, and even peripheral devices such as printers. You might use the 'Share With' menu to choose individual files and folders to share them with others. It allows you to share file and devices over multiple computers in a network. The sharing of folders between two computers is an easy process using the file sharing method. The file sharing in Windows 7 allows the users of Windows 7 to share files with Windows XP and Windows Vista users. Do not enable the file sharing when the system is connected to a public network.
The following points might give users an idea about the file sharing process in Windows 7:
- Features of file sharing in Windows 7
- File permissions
Features of file sharing in Windows 7
You could do file sharing in home network or any other network of your choice in the Windows 7 operating system. All Windows 7 editions such as Ultimate, Enterprise or Professional are compatible with HomeGroup. You could not create HomeGroup in Starter and Home basic editions because in them you could only join HomeGroup and could not create one. The options available in the ‘Share With’ menu to share your files with anyone that includes ‘Nobody’, ‘HomeGroup (Read)’, ‘HomeGroup (Read/Write)’ and ‘Specific People’. You could share documents through simple procedures.
In Windows 7 operating system you can decide on who can view a file. This is called sharing permissions. The 'Read Only' option in the file permission allows the recipients to only open the file. The 'Read/Write' option in the file permission allows the recipients to open, modify, or delete a file. The 'Specific People' option in the file permission opens the 'File Sharing' wizard which allows sharing file with particular people. 'Nobody' is an option which prevents the accessing of files by people other than you.
The users of Windows 7 are allowed to share files faster and automatically with the help of HomeGroup. The files and printers might be shared on the home network using this feature. It allows you to share pictures, music and other documents automatically with other people on the home network. HomeGroup feature is password protected and you could decide on what gets shared and what stays private.