In Windows 7, you can share files on a home network easily using a Home Group. A FTP Server however provides many benefits. The FTP Server can also be accessed by other Operating Systems in the network; you can also configure it to be accessed from anywhere throughout the internet. Step 1:
Open Control Panel and click on "Programs". Step 2:
In Programs click on "Turn Windows features on or off". Step 3:
After clicking Turn Windows features on or off you will see a new window. Find Internet Information Services and check it and then click the "OK" button. Step 4:
Open IIS Manager. Under connections, right-click on Sites and click "Add FTP Site" as shown in the screenshot. Step 5:
Write a name for your FTP site and select the path of the folder you want to share. Step 6:
Select the default IP address and select "No SSL" from the SSL options. Step 7:
I used these authentication settings shown in the screenshot, you can choose at will.
Click "Finish" and you are done. You can now access this local FTP server from any other node of your local network. In my case the URL for the FTP is "ftp://192.168.1.186"