Getting Started With Windows 7, 8 and 10

Enable File Sharing

Windows File Sharing may not be enabled, especially if you don't have other computers on your network or this is the first time you have tried to access shared folders over your network.

Use the following steps to enable it.

  1. Launch Control Panel (To start Control Panel on Windows 8, at the tiles screen type 'Control Panel'.), under "Network and Internet" click "View network status and tasks".
  2. On the left hand side, click the link "Change advanced sharing settings".
  3. Select "Turn on network discovery".
  4. Select "Turn on file and printer sharing".
  5. Select "Turn on password protected sharing".

    We recommend using password protected sharing, but if you want people with no username or password to be able to access your files (only those files marked for 'Everyone' access), then set password protected sharing to "off".

  6. Click "Save changes".

How to share a folder.

  1. Select a folder in Windows Explorer, right-click and choose "Properties"
  2. In the Properties window select the "Sharing" tab.

You should now see the window to the right.

Click the "Advanced Sharing..." button.

The window below should now appear. Tick "Share this folder" and then enter a Share Name that this folder will be known by on the network.
By default, the folder will be shared for read-only access for the user who creates the share. If you wish to change this security, click the "Permissions" button and choose the level of access that you require.

Find your Username

  1. Launch "Control Panel" (To start Control Panel on Windows 8, at the tiles screen type 'Control Panel'.)
  2. Click "User Accounts and Family Safety" Now click "User Accounts"
  3. The user account you are currently accessing is highlighted on the right. If this is not the one you want to log in as, click "Manage another account" and select another. We recommend choosing one that has "Administrator" written under it. Enter your username into FileBrowser's "Username" field.
  4. If the account you have chosen does not say "Password protected" under it, then it has no password. You need to click the "Create a password" option. Having a password will mean that you will need to enter it each time you boot your Windows PC.
  5. Take note of this username and password as these will be the ones you enter into FileBrowser later.

Windows 7

Windows 8

Scan your Network

Tap the Scan icon at the bottom of the screen.

If you tap a machine you will be prompted for a Username and Password, and FileBrowser will connect.

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If the scan hasn't worked try adding it manually

Find Computer Name

  1. Launch Windows Explorer. (To start Explorer on Windows 8, at the tiles screen type 'File Explorer'.)
  2. In the left-hand pane, find the "Computer" or "This PC" node.
  3. Right-click it and choose "Properties".
  4. You should now have a window that looks like the following.
  5. The text ringed in red is your computer name.
  6. This will be the text to enter in FileBrowser's "Address" setting.
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  1. Tap the '+' icon on the Locations page to create a new Location in FileBrowser.
  2. Select PC, Mac or TimeCapsule from the drop-down list of connection types.
  3. Take the machine name labelled above with a red 'A' and enter it into the 'Address' field.
  4. Take the username labelled above with a red 'B' and enter it into the 'Username' field.
  5. Enter the password for your user account into the 'Password' field. If your account doesn't have a password, tap the 'Blank' button.
  6. Tap the Save button in the top-right corner.
  7. Tap the new location to connect.
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If not connected or getting errors please try our Trouble Shooter.

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