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File sharing on a home network


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#1 McGyver_

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 12:55 AM

When I signed up with Time Warner Cable for internet access, the Time Warner tech fixed up a network. Two desktops are connected to the modem with Ethernet cables and two laptops use a wireless connection to the network. That's all working great, including the sharing of two printers. I am trying to figure out how to use that network for file sharing. I know the name of the network and the password but I don't know how to find it or how to use it for file sharing. I tried to use the Windows Network wizard, but I stopped because I was concerned that I
might mess up the network that was set up by the Time Warner tech. The two desktop computers use Windows XP and one of them is the one the tech was using, so that's probably where the network files are. One of the laptops uses Windows Vista and the other laptop uses Windows 7.

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 03:05 PM

Hello and welcome to the forum!

Im not well versed in Win 7 networking but there are three basic and simple steps:

1. The workgroup names must be the same
2. The computer names must be different
(If you are already sharing printers this is most likely already the case)
3. Share something
In the beginning there was the command line.




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