If you are looking for a way to share files over your network with your family or colleagues, then creating a file server is the way to go. Here’s a beginner’s guide to creating a file server with Windows 10.

Step 1: Choose Your Hardware

To create a file server, you will need a reliable computer or laptop with access to a wired or wireless network. You can also use a network-attached storage device (NAS) if you have one. Your hardware should have enough storage space to store and share files.

Step 2: Install Windows 10

If you don’t have Windows 10 installed on your computer, you will need to install it first. You can download the Windows 10 installation files from Microsoft’s website and follow the instructions to install it.

Step 3: Create a Shared Folder

Once you have Windows 10 installed on your computer, open File Explorer and navigate to the folder you want to share. Right-click on the folder and select Properties, then click on the Sharing tab. Click on the Share button and then select the user or group with whom you want to share the folder. Click on the Add button to add users or groups.

Step 4: Configure Network Settings

Configure your network settings by opening the Control Panel, selecting Network and Sharing Center, and clicking on Change adapter settings. Right-click on your network adapter and select Properties. Select the IPv4 item and click on Properties. Choose the “Use the following IP address” option and enter a fixed IP address for your computer, such as, for example. Ensure that the subnet mask and default gateway settings match your network settings. Click OK to save the changes.

Step 5: Test Your File Server

After following the above steps, your Windows 10 file server should be up and running. You can test whether the file server is accessible on your network by entering the IP address of your computer or laptop in the file explorer of another computer.


Creating a file server can be a secure and convenient way to share files within a network. With the steps above, you can set up a file server on Windows 10 in no time, and start sharing files with your family, colleagues, or clients. As you become more experienced with managing your server, you can explore more advanced features that Windows 10 has to offer.