Saturday, December 15, 2012

How to copy or share files or folders with guest user login on Microsoft Windows Network Workgroup

Microsoft Windows Network Workgroup can be a useful tool compared to online storage sites, media and file sharing servers, ftp transfers, or other file transfer solutions over the internet. One advantage is that it is more secure compared to have to find free or freeware or free to try softwares or programs across the web to achieve the same purpose. Another good reason for using Windows home network on Workgroup is that it will save you a lot of headaches in that you are sure you will have (copied) the file on the other computer as opposed to have to try other methods and products and see if it works and if not, find another and try again and it is such a waste of time, effort, energy, and more importantly saving you from harmful viruses, malwares, spywares, and other malicious codes and popups that come with these free programs and not to mention the dreaded and unwanted spam emails you receive from these promoting sites.

Sharing a folder or file through Microsoft Networking and Sharing is simple, easy, and it works...even if you have limited privileges using "guest" as user name on your Windows logon.

Here are the step by step instructions:

1. Ensure the same Workgroup name for both computers. To change or view the Windows Workgroup name, go to Start -> right click My Computer -> Properties -> Computer Name -> OK -> Change -> WORKGROUP

2. Login as Administrator with your Administrator user name on the first computer.

3. Logon as Administrator with Administrator username on the second computer.

4. Check that both computers are on the same Workgroup network. Right click on Start -> Explore -> My Network Places -> Entire Network -> Microsoft Windows Network -> Workgroup

5. Go the shared folder on the computer where you want to copy a file or folder.

6. Select the file/s or folder/s you want to copy and press Ctrl C to copy them.

7. On the other computer (where the guest login is), on the C:\ drive, select a common and accessible folder such as "guest", or "Temp" and paste (Ctrl V) the files or folders.

8. Logoff as Administrator on the computer that has a guest user.

9. Login as guest on the computer mentioned above on step 8.

10. Go to the common folder where you pasted the files or folders on step 7.

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