Networking: Access shared folder on Windows 8 and share files with other PC’s

Preview Files Share Thumb To access a shared folder on Windows 8 you need to configure your sharing settings first, then follow this tutorial to access the shared folders

Steps to access a shared folder

1. StepOn the Start screen, select the Desktop tile.

Desktop tile share

2. Step Next, double click on the Network icon to open it.

  • Tip: If you don’t see the Computer icon on your Network then unhide it by checking the checkbox for the Network icon here: Control Panel >> Appearance and Personalization >> Personalization >> “Change desktop icons” or simply right-click on the Desktop and select Personalization and then select “Change Desktop icons”.


Open network icon share

3. Next, double-click on the computer name to see a list with shared folders – obviously you need to know the name of the computer you want to access first, so ask the other person on the network

Open user comp share

4. Step Next, all shared folders are listed.

  • Folders can be shared by right-clicking on the folder, select Properties >> Advanced Sharing >> Tick ‘Share this folder’.

You may be asked for login credentials if you enabled password-protected sharing (see link at the top) – so enter the login details of the other computer that is sharing files and folders with you.You can also join a homegroup and make accessing computers over the network a little easier.

Shared files share

That are the complete steps to access a shared folder on Windows 8.


Windows 8 has a simple but very efficient file-sharing and networking tool. Unlike earlier version of Windows, Windows 8 does not prompt you to create or join a Work or Homegroup network. To share files or folders, you will have to create a network group, and give other users permissions to access your network shares

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Uttam is a Microsoft Student Partner from Kathmandu, Nepal. Aside from blogging, Uttam is also studying computer engineering and works as a freelancer developer. Windows has always been his first love. He has been using Windows since his early days since he was in 2nd Grade. He also used a few other operating systems but never found any other OS that he grew fond of.

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