This tutorial is designed to help you set up file and printer sharing on a network that has PCs running different Windows operating systems. Because the instructions can vary, open this tutorial on each PC so that you see the correct instructions, or use the selector at right to choose an operating system.

To move through this tutorial, click each step in the left pane or click Next below, completing each step before moving on.


  • If all the PCs on your network are running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows RT 8.1, we recommend creating a homegroup instead of using this tutorial. It gives you a much easier way to share files and printers on a home network. For a step-by-step tutorial on creating and using a homegroup, see HomeGroup from start to finish.

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