File Sharing in Windows Vista

Microsoft introduced a completely new file-sharing method in Windows Vista. It's still necessary to turn on file sharing, but the whole process is no longer as complicated as the earlier "Simple File Sharing" method because many of the network file-sharing functions are consolidated into the Network and Sharing Center shown in Figure 12-4. To open the Network and Sharing Center, start at the Control Panel, and select Network and InternetNetwork and Sharing Center. If you're using the Classic View of the Control Panel, you can go directly to the Network and Sharing Center.

The Network and Sharing Center controls many file-sharing functions.

Figure 12-4. The Network and Sharing Center ...

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