Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Windows 7 includes a new way to share data between all computers in the house with the Residential Group. But only when computers running Windows 7 may join the Group residential and enjoy the new features of sharing, playing multimedia files remotely, etc.. If you have computers running Windows XP or Windows Vista networking with Windows 7, you can still share your files and printers in Windows 7 "old" by following the instructions in this case practice. Below are the steps to do the same.
Check the workgroup:
To be a network, your computers with XP, Vista and Windows 7 should be part of the same workgroup.
Click the Start button. Right-click Computer (My Computer in XP) and click Properties.
In the Settings area of the computer name, verify the name of the working group. The default name is WORKGROUP but you can customize it by clicking the Change Settings button.
Make sure it is the same on other machines on the network. Under XP, the information is in the Computer Name tab.
To enable sharing in Windows 7, you must change the settings of the Network and Sharing Center.
Click Start, then Control Panel.
Click Network and Internet and then click Network and Sharing Center.
In the left column, click Change sharing settings advanced.
Verify that the options Enable network discovery, Enable file sharing and printer sharing and Enable so that anyone with network access can read and write are checked.
Click Save Changes.
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