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What do I need to do to share a folder on my Windows 7 computer over my local network using ftp/http? If it helps, I would like to stream music/video, as well as get access to PDFs and other documents
There are several different flavours of computer here, and the easiest thing that I've thought of is just to turn it into a website, and let chrome/firefox/safari/dolphin take care of the rest...
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Why do you need FTP? You should be able to use the Public Documents folder; that is automatically shared in Win7.
Reading posts on the xkcd forum makes me feel stupid.
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I host everything on a Linux fileserver at my place, and run Samba server for LAN access, and also webfs and sftp for public/private remote access from outside. Webfs is super super super useful for sending non-computer people large files!
If you really can't use standard windows shares and Samba, you could use a free FTP server for Windows. Filezilla Server is stable and mature and works just fine with my experience. I have no idea if there is a dead-simple HTTP server like webfs available for Windows. There used to be something called "Personal Web Server" included in certain Windows versions, but I'm not sure if it's still there in Windows 7.
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