All Windows machines can be set up to share their files with other users on the network. You can make the entire hard disk sharable or you can select specific folders. To make a drive or folder sharable, do the following:Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 - Share a Drive1. Launch Explorer.2. Right click the drive icon.3. Click Share with Advanced Sharing.4. Click Advanced Sharing.5. Check Share this folder.6. To allow others to make changes, select Permissions.Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 - Share a Folder1. Launch Explorer.2. Right click the folder icon.3. Click Share with Specific People.4. Click the down arrow to the right of the blank field.5. Select Guest and then Add.6. To allow others to make changes, click Read and select Read/Write.Windows XP1. Launch Explorer.2. Right click the folder or the drive icon.3. Click Sharing and Security.4. Click Share this folder on the network.5. To allow others to make changes, click Allow network users to change my files.6. After finishing, your folder or drive icon will include a serving hand (see below).
Can't Share Files with Others?If you are connected to the network but cannot make your folder or disk sharable, chances are File and Print Sharing were never turned on in your computer. To turn it on, do the following.Windows 7, 8.1 and 101. Start menu/Control Panel.2. If Icon view, select Network and Sharing Center.3. Select Change advanced sharing settings.4. Check Turn on network discovery.5. Check Turn on file and printer sharing.Windows XP1. Start menu/Settings/Control panel.2. Select Network Connections.3. Right click Local Area Connection.4. Select Properties.5. Check File and Printer Sharing.