Posted 23 March 2006 - 08:48 PM
If both your laptops can connect to the internet through your router then they are already networked, you should not need to run another networking wizard or set up an ad-hoc connection. What you do need is for both the laptops to be in the same workgroup - see this tutorial: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43840/how-to-check-your-workgroup-in-windows-xp/
You also need 'File and Printer sharing' enabled on both laptops. In the 'Network Connections' window you will see a list of the networks your computer is connected to, arranged in groups. Under the 'LAN or High-Speed Internet' group will be your 'Local Area Connection'. Right click on the 'Local Area Connection' icon and click on 'Properties' to open the 'Local Area Connection Properties' window. Under the 'General' tab there is a box which lists the clients, services and protocols used in this connection. There should be a tick in the box for 'File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks'. If it is not ticked then click on the box to put a tickmark there.
Once the file and printer sharing service is active on your network users, in your workgroup, will be able to access shared files and folders through the icons appearing in the 'My Network Places' window.
To share files or folders navigate to the file/folder using 'My Computer' or 'Windows Explorer' and right click it. Click on 'Sharing and Security' and in the new window which opens tick the 'Share this folder on the Network' box. You can also input a share name for the folder here. After the share is applied an icon for this folder will appear in the 'My Network Places' window on the other laptop.
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