Simple question about XP & W7 folder sharing

May 14, 2010 at 15:41:28
Specs: Windows XP, 3.008 GHz / 2047 MB
Hello, I have a wireless router and my desktop (windows XP) and laptop (windows 7 starter) are connected to it. I have been doing some google searching on how to connect the two so I can easily share files. When you change a folder to make it able to share, that means only shared within my local network, and not on the internet correct?

Also, I assume since I have XP on my PC and W7 on my laptop, M$ says I have to have W7 on both devices but is there a way around that? Basically I would like to be able to view and copy/paste certain files between my PC and laptop without having to burn discs or using direct transfer cables. Thanks.


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May 15, 2010 at 01:58:19
Yes, you can definitely share files between Win7 and XP, you
can't use the Windows7 'Homegroup' system but as long as both
computers are in the same workgroup, you have sharing enabled
and different names for each then they should both be visible in
'Network'. You may also have to have passwords enabled on
each machine as well - I have by default, but not too sure if you
can do it without setting them.

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May 15, 2010 at 05:14:30
When you change a folder to make it able to share, that means only shared within my local network, and not on the internet correct?

That is correct

M$ says I have to have W7 on both devices but is there a way around that?

That's the first I've heard of that. I just put together a new gaming rig for my wife and put Windows 7 Pro on it. I had to connect to a shared folder on my XP Pro system to copy a few files over for her and had no trouble whatsoever mapping the drive and copying the data.

Click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide labelled: "You try to connect to a share but are asked for a Username/Password" for a clear explanation on creating shares and accessing them.


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