I have a desktop computer with Windows 10 which has enough space for a large Steam library. A friend of mine will come over in a couple of weeks with an ultrabook that lacks the disk space to install a few hundred GB of games. The current workaround is a USB 3.0 stick where he has a second Steam library on it.
Since the network here is Gigabit, it should be possible with reasonable speeds (125 MB/s) to just transfer all those files via the network as needed. This will not scale with many people, of course, but for certain games it might be reasonable.
On Linux, I knew how to do this:
- Create an NFS share of like
- Mount that into
/Steam/Commonon the other computer
How could I do this on Windows? My experience with shared folders is from Windows 98 and XP where one can just create a read-only share with some name and no password. Since Windows Vista there seems to be this home network workgroup going on which I have never bothered to set up. Also when trying to have a share without a password on a passwordless account, there is no way to connect with an empty password string.
How would I go about creating a read-only share and let somebody else connect to it such that they can use that as an additional Steam library?