Windows® 98 File Sharing
What are the advantages of Windows® 98 file sharing?
Windows® 98 is what computer users call a revolution in the operating system field. Unlike the previous versions such as Windows® 95 or Windows ® 3.1, this version offered the possibility of file sharing. This was an important step, as carrying around data using a floppy disk was very annoying. Windows® 98 file sharing is relatively simple to install, and has great advantages.
Here are some of the advantages offered by the Windows® 98 file sharing:
- The possibility to create a small network
- Easy installation
- Time and hard disk space saved
The possibility to create a small network
Windows® 98 file sharing offers the user the possibility of creating small home, or office network. With this facility of Windows® 98, even beginners can create a network at their home. It is easy to do, but be sure you are using the most performing computer as a server. This is required as the server uses most of the networking resources available.
The computer must be configured for file sharing once, using the Control Panel. Find the Network icon and select the configuration tab. If this icon is not present, click the tab “view all Control Panel options” and it should appear. In the File and printer sharing for Microsoft Network check the box, that allows file sharing. Also, give access to other computers, printers attached to the server if you would like. This operation should be done only once. After that, any folder can be shared on the network using the Sharing menu. You can also protect it with a password and you could share it using another name than the one from the server computer. This ensures that everybody knows what that folder is about. You can also check which folders are shared by selecting the name of your computer in the Network Neighborhood tab.
Carrying data from one computer to another was relatively hard before Windows® 98 file sharing was launched. As the CD writers were not in the market, the only possibility was to use a floppy disk having 1.44 MB memory space. The average size of a PC game was 50 MB, so carrying it from one computer to another required about 30 diskettes, or 30 walks between the 2 computers. With Windows® 98 file sharing, this problem is obsolete, and has opened new roads in the networking and Internet area.