Steps to Enable Network Sharing on Windows 8

As already been discussing about the variations and added features on Windows 8, here is one more change brought out in the new OS. We are talking about the network sharing with Windows 8. It is now much easier to set the network sharing or turn Network Sharing on or off with the new OS. When you try to connect on a network, your Windows 8 system asks you whether you want to turn sharing on between PCs and connect to network devices or not and the system sets the further proceedings according to your decision. Here is the tutorial how you can turn Network Sharing on or off in Windows 8.

Enable Network Sharing Windows 8

If you haven’t turned on the network sharing feature, then you can carry it out later on. In earlier versions of Windows OS like that of Windows 7, when you want to turn sharing on or off your network, you need to go to the Network and Sharing Center and select homegroup and sharing options, but this is not the case in Windows 8 rather it is much easier.

Steps to Turn Network Sharing on or off in Windows 8

Follow the steps below to Turn Network Sharing on or off in Windows 8:

  • Switch to Windows 8 desktop and click the Network icon in the notification area
  • Now you can see an interface on the right side screen that shows you all the available Networks
  • Next, Right-click on the Network that you are currently connected with

network sharing icon windows 8

  • You can now see an option to Turn sharing on or off, simply click on it

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  • When you are prompted about Do you want to turn on sharing between PCs and connect to devices on this network, click on Yes turn on sharing and connect to devices.

Once you have completed all the steps described here you can see that Network sharing option is enabled on your Windows 8 system.

But, this network sharing setting is only availed for Wi-Fi, Ethernet, VPN, and dial-up connections, and not for domain networks.

Once you enable network sharing, the system starts preparing the files and folders that are to be shared on the network. Upon following the steps described here you can easily Turn Network Sharing on or off on your Windows 8 system.

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