In previous versions of Windows, an image was added to folder icons in Windows Explorer such as, a hand image in Windows XP and earlier, and an image of two people in Windows Vista. However, this indication was removed from Windows Explorer in Windows 7. The fastest way to determine if a folder is shared or not from within Windows Explorer is to do as follows:
The good old administrative share for Windows system drives (the dollar sign such as C$) is not accessible anymore in Windows 7 or Vista. These administrative shares provided a means of connecting remotely to user computers and allowed admins to perform file management tasks. Almost every system administrator used to find this feature very useful and there were many third-party applications that used the administrative share to retrieve system information. However, such feature projected a high security risk as malicious code could take advantage of the share to propagate itself or manipulate remote systems.
As we have seen in the previous articles Windows 7 Shared Folders and Creating a Shared Folder in Windows 7 you have many ways how to create and manage shared folders. In this blog post we will use the Computer Management console to view and manage Shares.
In this procedure you learn how to share a folder using the Create A Shared Folder Wizard. The procedure includes the steps how to create two users and a user group that will be allowed to access and modify data in the shared folder. Without further ado, let’s go to the steps required to complete this task:
In Windows 7 similar to previous versions of Windows Operating systems you can use shared folders to share data stored on your computer with other users on the same network. When you are not part of a domain network or cannot use Windows 7 Homegroups then you can share individual folders from Windows Explorer. If you are a command-line fan, you can use the Net Share command-line tool to share folders and manage shared folders.
Windows 7 gives you the ability to create a home network through which you can share resources among your home computers and devices. Home computers are normally assigned to the Home network location where such designation allows you to use HomeGroups. HomeGroups make it easier to share resources in environments where Active Directory does not exist. HomeGroups cannot be created on a domain network but you can join an existing one while you are part of a domain. For example, you could join a HomeGroup on your home network and at the same time connect to your work’s domain network through a VPN connection.