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

What is sharing?

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

What is the benefit of Sharing?

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

How to enable Sharing on my computer?

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

Note: This service is not required on client computers (the computers that accessing the shared files on the same network)

  • Click on Start menu, select Control Panel and double click on Network and Sharing Center icon

  • Expand the pane (as in arrow 1) and select the “Turn on Network Discovery” option and click on apply; Repeat the same for the arrows of number 4.

  • Now to check if this service is installed on your windows or not click on “Manage Network Connections” on the top left of the same window.

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

  • Click on properties button

  • In case if the “File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Network” is not there in the services list, you have to install it by clicking on Install icon.

  • Select Services and click on add

  • Select “File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Network” and click ok.

This article also available for :

Windows XP

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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