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I have an actively used Windows computer connected to the internet and I would like to allow another computer to log in to the file system stored on it, with the ability to download or upload files to it, without interrupting the use of the computer.

What are some examples of software used for this? Or the term for this kind of use?

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I think the OP is really asking how to share a drive and/or enable an FTP server (and how to configure it to be somewhat secure). –  Scott Apr 18 '13 at 0:09

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An FTP solution is probably what you want. Get an FTP server to use here as well as a client to connect to the server. Setup is pretty straight-forward, but you can use the documentation if you need additional information.

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Filezilla looks good. Thank you. –  user193661 Apr 17 '13 at 23:47

You could set up an FTP server on the computer (such as FileZilla) and then port forward the server in order to allow it to be accessed through the internet. Instructions can be found here: http://www.wikihow.com/Set-Up-Port-Forwarding-on-a-Router. You will need to forward port 21.

On the other hand you could use a program such as Dropbox or AeroFS, which does not give you direct access to the computer but instead will sync files between computers. These programs have the benefit of being very easy to set up.

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