Subscriber Carolyn Waterson wrote with an interesting question.
Computers are great tools. But, when you share a computer with someone else, some cooperation is needed…
Me again – with another problem I hope you can help me with. The scenario is two people using the same computer but with different passwords. (My work mate and her husband)
It has been set up so that all the pictures downloaded from their Olympus camera can only be accessed with his password, but we need pictures that we take for work, to be accessible to her — and he won’t give her his password!!
Is there some way to install software so pictures can be accessed by both, since all the pictures are one she takes anyway?
I wrote back to Carolyn to advise her that the solution was to use a simple feature within Windows that was designed for sharing of files and folders.
In this case, the husband needs to "Share" the folder in which the pictures are stored. The process is easy, and is available in (I think) every version of Windows since Windows 95.
First, open Windows Explorer (Right-click on the Start Button and select Explore).
Navigate to the point that you can see the folder that is storing the pictures. Right-click the folder.
On the pop-up Context Menu that appears, and select Share. Windows XP calls it "Sharing and Security…" Windows 7 calls it "Share with…"
In Windows 7, he can pick the specific user ID’s with which he wants to share the folder.
In Windows XP, with its simple file sharing (the default type), he’s got several options. The easiest is probably to drag the folder to the Shared Documents folder.
To share it on a network, you put a click in the checkbox beside Share this folder on a network. At that point, you can choose to, or not to, put a checkmark in the checkbox that says Allow network users to change my files (that is, to allow changes (write access) as well as read access).
There are other ways to share depending on Windows operating system, but this basic method should work in all of them.
Carolyn wrote back to say:
Thanks Terry. As always — you solved the problem! Pictures happily shared by both now.