sharing files between computers

Discussion in 'Wireless Networks' started by UFO, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. UFO

    UFO Guest

    hello, sorry if this is the wrong forum for this question:
    i have 2 computers. one is a desktop PC and is directly connected via a
    cable to the router, and its OS is windows XP home edition SP3 32bit.
    the second is a laptop PC and is connected to the router via WIFI , and its
    OS is windows vista (i think it's ultimate 32bit ) SP2 .

    what i would like to do is to access specific folders and files of each of
    the computers, via each of the computers. maybe even play games together that
    allow LAN playing.
    what is the easiest and shortest way to do such a thing using those computers?
    please help me and tell me the solution step by step.

    thank you very much for your time.
    UFO, Oct 29, 2009
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    Pavel A. Guest

    Yes, this is a wrong forum for this question.
    Next time please find a right forum rather than apologizing.

    For Vista:
    For XP and others: microsoft.public.windowsxp.network_web

    Pavel A., Oct 29, 2009
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    UFO Guest

    @Don: do i do that? they are both just linked to the router, not to each
    other (or maybe that's already like this automatically? ) . do i choose what to share and what not to share?

    this problem is related to networking, wireless connection between PCs using
    a router , which both have a Windows OS , one has xp and the other has vista.
    this problem can be entered in many categories here.
    UFO, Oct 29, 2009
  4. computers?

    1. Create a network linking your desktop and laptop.
    (If in doubt, do / start / help / network.) Both PCs are
    probably configured to do this, but you take the first
    steps on one, then create a floppy, and execute the
    floppy in the other.
    2. When the two PCs are connected, ensure that
    each is set to Share at least one hard drive or folder.
    (If in doubt, see / start / help / sharing.)
    Don Phillipson, Oct 29, 2009
  5. Hi
    Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local
    traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should
    be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers
    on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party
    Firewall instructions.
    General example,
    Vista File and Printer Sharing-
    Windows XP File Sharing -;en-us;304040;en-us;304040
    Printer Sharing XP -
    Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP -
    Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista (Not need for XP-SP3) -
    When you are done Reboot all the Network Devices, and the computers.
    Jack (MVP-Networking).
    Jack [MVP-Networking], Oct 30, 2009
  6. That's up to you. If you are the only user, you can safely
    share all directories (folders). Where there are multiple
    users, the network administrator may choose to share
    only selected folders, so the children cannot inspect your
    income tax details or private porn collection. (Sharing
    c:\windows may allow you to delete important Windows
    files so this is seldom enabled unless you know in advance
    of some functional need to do so.)
    Don Phillipson, Oct 30, 2009
  7. UFO

    UFO Guest

    i have some problems with this manual, since it's too general. please give me
    the instructions of my current situation.
    examples of problems that i found:
    1.there is no "Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing
    Center window" for windows vista.
    2.should both computers have the same workgroup name? do i access the other computer from the current one ?
    4.on vista, how do i choose to share a folder? there is no "share" (or
    "sharing and security") item in the context menu of folders.

    please just give me a full step by step manual to my case .

    btw, i still don't get any email notifications of this forum, even though i
    choose "notify me of replies" .
    UFO, Nov 2, 2009
  8. UFO

    UFO Guest

    can anyone please help?
    UFO, Nov 8, 2009
  9. UFO

    UFO Guest

    please give me a step by step text here , and not an outside website with so
    many pages to read . i ask for very basic functions.
    UFO, Dec 14, 2009
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