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How to share folders with Specific PCs on network.

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1

    How to share folders with Specific PCs on network.


    Hi

    I have Four PCs, one is my home Desktop (HOME-PC) and Others are THREE laptops with different names connected to one wifi netowkr.
    I often share folders from my HOME-PC so that other users can access them, but I can only share a folder with 'Everyone' but How do I share a folder in such a way, that only LAPTOP1 can access it?

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    This is what the Homegroup is for.

    In this case you would want to create a Homegroup on the laptop1 or the Home-PC, don't allow the other machines to join this Homegroup and don't give them the password. At this point the two Homegroup machines will have full access to all shared folders on each others machines and will also have access to all shared folders on the Workgroup machines. But the Workgroup machines won't have access to any shared folders on either of the Homegroup machines.

    The Homegroup creates Private Domain within the Workgroup.

    Now lets assume that you want one of the workgroup machines to have access to a folder on one of the Homegroup machines.

    You only need to add "Everyone" to the shared with list using the Homegroup style sharing settings in order to share that folder with the workgroup. The picture below makes this more clear. For this you would right click on a Library folder, choose "Share with" then "specific people" then use the Add button to add Everyone to the list, add read/write permissions as required.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    I have done the homegroup, created it on HOME-PC, I can access the files on HOME-PC via Laptop1. Everything is ok now.

    But I have one more problem, Theres a folder in my Laptop1 (FOLDER_X) I want to share that folder so that ONLY and ONLY my HOME-PC can access it, and no pc on my workgroup access it?

    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    This is what the Homegroup is for.

    In this case you would want to create a Homegroup on the laptop1 or the Home-PC, don't allow the other machines to join this Homegroup and don't give them the password. At this point the two Homegroup machines will have full access to all shared folders on each others machines and will also have access to all shared folders on the Workgroup machines. But the Workgroup machines won't have access to any shared folders on either of the Homegroup machines.

    The Homegroup creates Private Domain within the Workgroup.

    Now lets assume that you want one of the workgroup machines to have access to a folder on one of the Homegroup machines.

    You only need to add "Everyone" to the shared with list using the Homegroup style sharing settings in order to share that folder with the workgroup. The picture below makes this more clear. For this you would right click on a Library folder, choose "Share with" then "specific people" then use the Add button to add Everyone to the list, add read/write permissions as required.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    Oh wait, I got you now, I should just shared the FOLDER_X between the homegroup, and for rest computers I should just use the workgroup!!

    THANKS!
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by taxaduq View Post
    Oh wait, I got you now, I should just shared the FOLDER_X between the homegroup, and for rest computers I should just use the workgroup!!

    THANKS!
    Yes that's right, it's so simple it takes a second to click.

    Adding the Everyone share to a Library will allow for the Workgroup machines access to only that folder.
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