I'm having some trouble networking my 2 desktop PCs, both with XP. I want to connect them so I can share files between them. I have everything set up, as far as hardware goes. Both are hooked into my router with ethernet cables and have working network cards and can each go online, so no problem there. If I click Start > My Network Places > View Workgroup Computers, I can see both computers listed there, but I can't transfer files between them. Both are admin accounts and file/printer sharing is enabled on both PCs.
One other thing I tried that did allow me to share files between the computers, but I'm not sure if it safe, is I went to MY Computer > C drive > selected Properties > selected the sharing tab and selected to share the root of the drives. This allowed me to share files between the computers, but I'm not sure this would be safe to do because both computers will be going online and I don't want to share the root of my C drives with anyone. But it is totally ok if the drives are shared between the two computers, I just don't want anyone else getting access to them over the internet. So is it safe to share the root of these drives? Even with file/printer sharing enabled? Like I said I just don't want anyone getting access to the root of these drives over the net somehow.
Forgot to add I have PCTools firewall on one PC and only the Windows firewall active on the other, but will probably be changing that one to PCTools or ZoneAlarm free. Also my router has a built-in basic firewall.
Thanks very much for any help.
Edited by mark34, 24 June 2010 - 01:22 PM.