There is a machine running a Windows Vista Ultimate running in a workgroup (we refer to it as the 'server'). It has one folder shared (with hundreds of sub folders at different levels) and thousands of Word files.
Typically, multiple people access this server (through the intranet) via their individual PCs just connecting to it via the same login credentials (a user created and part of the 'Users' group on this server).
The problem everyone is facing is that when opening up a file directly on the server via Word and then in-between saving it - the file does not actually get saved. Either it remains at the version before people started modifying it, or if they saved it multiple times while working on it - it remains at a 'previous' version other than the last / final one.
Folks connect to this machine via the IP address - \192.168.x.y\files
Connections are over WiFi.
What is a better way of providing access to all these files to these people? We do want them to 'work on the server' rather than copy it on their local PCs and copy it back. This way (the current way) prevents two people from overwriting each other's files.