I would really like to see an article on using Windows 7 style networking. I recently set up networking and found that there are a lot of gotcha's in using a homegroup. For example, did you know that when you share something in your user account (say a file in my documents) it shares your ENTIRE user's directory and all your files can be accessed? Another irritation for me was that when you share the public directories you cannot make them or anything in them read only. I was going to put my family photos in the public folders but I didn't want anyone deleting them by accident, but I couldn't do it. There were other things that was an irritation.
What I would like to see:
1. Quick overview of how networking works in Windows 7.
2. Quick overview of how to set up networking (different types such as homegroups and advanced sharing)
3. Overview of how to USE the network (media streaming, access restrictions, sharing, etc.).
4. The security risks of using homegroups (shares your whole user directory) and if you should use it. The gotchas of Homegroups such as can't restrict access of the public directories.
5. Ideas on what to use your home network for.
I looked a long time when setting up my home network, and I swear if I see one more article on "How to set up a homegroup" without how to use it and it's risks and limitations, I will puke!
Thanks for letting me rant!
- Commander Dave
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Windows 7: Using Home Networking Including Gotcha's
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