Connecting laptop to desktop on a network

February 9, 2011 at 08:50:39
Specs: Windows XP
I'm hoping this is something simple I'm not thinking of. I have a desktop connected to our work network. It's running XP Pro. I also have a laptop running vista home. Is there a way to hardwire that laptop to the desktop, so i can share files between those two computers, while ALSO keeping my desktop connected to my office network?

Since it's vista home, I can't connect the laptop to our network, since it can only connect in workgroups, not networks. But if I'm just able to just use the laptop, create files, and then either save them to a shared folder with my desktop or just save them to the desktop with a switch or something, it wouldn't be a problem that my laptop can't connect to the network.

Any ideas? Thanks!


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#1
February 9, 2011 at 09:44:29
Vista Home can still share files even though it can't join the domain but that's up to the system administrator if he will allow outside hardware to be used.

Or:

You can use remote desktop to connect from home to work. That also should be approved by the administrator.

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February 9, 2011 at 09:55:45
Thanks guapo. Do you have any idea where there are links to set up fill sharing? I am the administrator of the network

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February 9, 2011 at 12:05:55
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304040

Enable file sharing on the XP machine. Share the drives or files. Connect the laptop to the router or switch & map the drives.

That's it.

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