People Near Me: frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some common questions about People Near Me.

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What is People Near Me?

People Near Me is a service that identifies people nearby who are using computers and allows those people to send you invitations for programs such as Windows Meeting Space. They can only invite you to participate in programs that are installed on your computer. To use People Near Me, you have to sign in to the service.

How do I sign in to People Near Me?

  1. Open People Near Me by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking People Near Me.

  2. Click the Sign in tab, click Sign in to People Near Me, and then click OK. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    If this is the first time that you are signing in to People Near Me, you’ll see an additional dialog box. In that dialog box, click OK.

Note

  • If you want to change your display name (the name that other people will see), type a new name on the Settings tab before signing in.

What is a trusted contact?

A trusted contact is someone who has sent you their contact information in an e‑mail message or given you the information on a disk or another type of removable media. A trusted contact's information always includes a certificate; untrusted contacts don't have certificates.

When you exchange contact information with someone, each of you becomes a trusted contact on the other's computer. For more information, see "How do I exchange contact information with someone?" below.

Note

  • To find out whether a contact is trusted, select it in the Windows Contacts folder. If the person is a trusted contact, the words "Trusted Contact" will appear below the contact's display name.

    • Open Windows Contacts by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Contacts.

Why are trusted contacts recommended?

Accepting invitations only from trusted contacts helps keep your computer more secure. If you accept an invitation from an untrusted contact, you can’t be sure that the person isn’t a hacker (or someone pretending to be someone else) who wants to cause harm to your computer or get sensitive information from it. Before accepting an invitation from an untrusted contact, call or e‑mail the person to verify that he or she really sent you the invitation.

To accept invitations from trusted contacts only, follow these steps:

  1. Open People Near Me by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking People Near Me.

  2. Click the Settings tab. Under Invitations, in the Allow invitations from list, click Trusted contacts.

How do I exchange contact information with someone?

  1. Open Windows Contacts by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Contacts.

  2. Right-click your personal contact (the contact with your name on it), and then click Copy.

  3. Open a new e‑mail message and paste or drag the contact into it. If you see a message asking whether to convert the contact attachment to vCard, click No. If pasting or dragging do not work in your e‑mail program, send the contact as an attachment. The Contacts folder is located at <system drive>:\users\<your user name>\Contacts.

  4. Verify that the attachment name is <your contact name>.contact.

  5. Send the message to the person you want to exchange contacts with.

  6. Ask the other person do the same thing for you.

Note

  • If you are using Windows Mail, first make sure you have the correct settings selected to ensure that all information associated with your contact is included when you copy it.

    1. Open Windows Mail by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Mail.

    2. Click Tools, and then click Options.

    3. Click the Advanced tab, click Leave contact attachments in Contact format, and then click OK.

What should I do when someone sends me their contact information?

  1. Double-click the attachment, click Open, and then click Add to my contacts.

    Notes

    • If you are using an e‑mail program that does not let you add items directly to the Contacts folder, save the attachment to <systemdrive>:\users\<your user name>\contacts.

    • Before saving a contact to the Contacts folder, call or e‑mail the person to verify that he or she really sent you the contact.

  2. To verify that the new contact information was added correctly, do this:

    Open Windows Contacts by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Contacts.
    When you select the new contact, you should see the words "Trusted Contact" below the person’s display name.

To verify that the new contact information was added correctly, open your Contacts folder. When you select the new contact, you should see the words "Trusted Contact" below the person’s display name.

Note

  • Do not right-click your personal contact and click Send Contact. Doing so converts the contact into a format that does not work with People Near Me. However, right-clicking and choosing Send To will work.

Can I import my personal contact information from one computer to another?

Yes, you can. First, export your contact information on the first computer.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, type certmgr.msc, and then press ENTER. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. Double-click Personal, and then double-click Certificates.

  3. Right-click each certificate, and then click Properties. On the General tab, look for either Peer to Peer Trust or 1.3.6.1.4.1.311.44.3.4.

  4. When you find the right certificate, click OK to close it, right-click it, select All Tasks, and then click Export.

  5. On the first page of the Certificate Export Wizard, click Next.

  6. On the Export Private Key page, click Yes, export the private key.

  7. On the Export File Format page, select the Export all extended properties check box.

  8. On the Password page, type and confirm a password.

  9. On the File to Export page, click Browse, browse to the location where you want to save the exported file, type a name for the exported file, and then click Next.

  10. On the last page of the wizard, click Finish.

Next, import your contact information to the second computer.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, type certmgr.msc, and then press ENTER. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. Double-click Personal, and then double-click Certificates.

  3. Right-click each certificate, and then click Properties. On the General tab, make sure that neither Peer to Peer Trust nor 1.3.6.1.4.1.311.44.3.4 appears.

  4. Right-click the certificate (right) pane, click All Tasks, and then click Import.

  5. On the first page of the Certificate Import Wizard, click Next.

  6. On the File to Import page, click Browse, change "X.509 Certificate" to "Personal Information Exchange," and then browse to the location of the file you saved earlier.

  7. Double-click the file you want to import, and then click Next.

  8. Type the password, make sure the Include all extended properties check box is selected, and then click Next.

  9. On the Certificate Store page, make sure the location where certificates are stored is "Personal."

  10. On the last page of the wizard, click Finish.

Your personal contact information is now available on the second computer. You don’t need to move your contact information from the Windows Address Book.

Can I copy my trusted contacts from one computer to another?

Yes, you can. Follow the steps above in "How do I exchange contact information with someone?" or copy the contacts to a network share or removable media, or burn them to a disc. If you use a network share, make sure no one else has access to the contact information.

  1. Open Windows Contacts by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Contacts.

  2. Select the contacts you want to copy to the other computer, right-click, and then click Copy.

  3. Paste the contacts to a network share or removable media, or burn them to a disc.

  4. On the other computer, open the network share, removable media, or disc, and copy the contacts to your Contacts folder.

Note

  • If you are using Windows Mail, first make sure you have the correct settings selected to ensure that all information associated with your contacts is included when you copy it.

    1. Open Windows Mail by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Mail.

    2. Click Tools, and then click Options.

    3. Click the Advanced tab, click Leave contact attachments in Contact format, and then click OK.

What does "allowing invitations from trusted contacts only" mean?

If you allow invitations from trusted contacts only, people cannot send you invitations unless you have already exchanged contact information with them. This helps keep your computer more secure.

How can I change my invitation settings?

  1. Open People Near Me by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking People Near Me.

  2. Click the Settings tab, change the settings you want to change, and then click OK.