How to Share Folders and Printers on Your Network (Win XP)?

What is sharing?

network-sharingA service in Microsoft Windows enables dedicated files to be visible and accessible to other computers on a network.

What is the benefit of Sharing?

If this service is enabled, you can access other’s dedicated files, hard disk drives or to print documents using a printer connected to one PC in the network using any other computers on the same network.

How to enable Sharing on my computer?

First of all you need to check if this feature is installed on your Windows or not in order to enable it, to do that follow the below steps:

[scheaven_infobox color=”grey” width=”100″ align=”none” icon=”info2″]Note: This service is not required on client computers (the computers that accessing the shared files on the same network)[infoclose color=”grey”]
  • Click on Start menu, select Control Panel, and then double click on the Network Connections Icon


  • Double click on the network card icon (you’re using for your network)


  • In the dialogue box click on properties


  • On the next screen you should check if “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks” is enabled


If it’s not there, you have to install it by following the steps below:

  • Click on install button


  • Select Service & click on Add button


  • Select “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks” & click Ok


This article also available for :

Windows Vista

Windows 7

Firas Sameer

This is me Firas Sameer the founder of Dealing With Windows, I am a computer and telecommunication engineer with over 14 years of experience, I love helping people and I love spending some of my free time posting useful articles for free about Microsoft windows.

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