XP Vista file sharing tutorial

Written by Tom on 04/04/08

My own first attempt (with no firewalls)

Create an account on the vista and XP machine that has the same user and password

On the XP machine select my network places, setup home or small office network.
Ensure that the Group name is WORKGROUP as this is the Vista default.

reboot XP

They should connect now if on the correct subnet(IP address)

If you can not ping each way XP<->Vista then set IP addresses to a private IP address.

Create a directory and share it on vista it will appear on the xp
My Network places->View workgroups computers

View on Vista via Network and Sharing Center->View computer and devices.

Enable when using Nortons

You'll need to open Norton Internet Security Projection Center and click on "View" Network Map
(Center, Left Hand Side of the window) then Tell Norton the you trust the device.
Whether it's a router or computer.
I was then able to access ALL shared files on the XP machine in the other room.

Here is the blow by blow account (from the web)

1. Open the Network and Sharing Center window by clicking on the Windows orb in the lower left corner, and then either right-clicking on Network and selecting

, or opening the Control Panel and double-clicking
Network and Sharing Center.
See picture below (click it for a larger version).

2. If your network type is
you need to change it to

• 1. To the right of the network name and location type, click Customize.

• 2. In the Set Network Location dialog box, click Private, and then click Next.

• 3. In the Successfully set network settings dialog box, click Close.

3. Under

Sharing and Discovery
in the bottom half of the Network and Sharing Center window, you need to turn all the settings from
by clicking on the down arrow next to each setting, clicking on
Turn on
, and clicking on
But see some pointers below:

• 1. For the
Password protected sharing
setting: you may want to leave this
or turn
at your discretion. (I turned mine off.)

• 2. For the
Public folder sharing

• 1. If you want to share the public folder so that other computers on the network can access the Public share to open files, but not create or change files, click Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open files. This is the default setting.

• 2. But if you want to share the public folder so that other computers on the network can access the Public share to open files and also create or change files, click Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open, change, and create files.

4. You’re done with the Network and Sharing Center window. Close it via the


5. Click the Windows orb at the lower left corner of your computer, and click on Computer.

6. In the Computer window, navigate to the folder containing the file(s) or folder(s) that you want to share: e.g.,

or a specific file or folder within. Note: don’t open the folder itself that you want to share: just navigate to the folder that contains this folder.

7. Right-click the folder that you want to share, and then click Share. The File Sharing window is displayed. (Click picture for a larger version.)

8. If you have password protected sharing enabled: Use the File Sharing window to select which users can access the shared folder and their permission level. To allow all users, select Everyone in the list of users. By default, the permission level for a selected user is Reader. Users cannot change files or create new files in the share. To allow a user to change files or folders or create new files or folders, select Co-owner as the permission level.

9. If you have password protected sharing disabled (like I do): Click the drop-down arrow inside the blank field in the File Sharing window, and select the Guest or Everyone account. Click

Then for that new account, click on the down arrow under
Permission Level
to change it to Co-owner (if you want anybody to read and modify files) or leave it at
(if you want other computers to just read but not modify your files). NOTE: this is where I got stuck before!

10. Click

, then

11. Ta-da! You should now be able to view the contents of this folder from any other computer in the network!

CRITICAL NOTE: If you selected

when sharing a folder, you’re also making its contents available to any computer that joins this network. Many households, including mine, have wireless Internet via a wifi router. If you don’t have WEP encryption turned on, then I could just drive up and park on the street near your home, open my laptop, let it join your network via your wifi, and then nose around through your files. It’s particularly important that you have WEP encryption turned on for your wifi network. I plan to do a blog post about this soon.