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#1 incogitatus


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:12 AM

Hi All!
I'm a n0ob here. I'm trying to gain complete network access between a Windows 7 desktop (Win7 Home Premium SP 1) and a laptop (Win7 Ultimate). I remember back in the old days of XP, all you had to do is enable file sharing, right click on the hard drive or folder you'd like to share, name it, share it and press "okay." The files I'd like to share are on the Desktop computer. When I go to HomeGroup/Advanced Sharing Settings, and make changes, press save, none of the settings actually save. I'm trying to turn on "Network Discovery" and "File and print sharing."

Is HomeGroup the only way to share files over a network?

Thanks for your help!

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#2 Julia G

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:59 AM

Hi,you may find the info on this link helpful, http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-networking/why-wont-the-advanced-settings-under-homegroup/8bfd6817-7d17-4cfe-88f1-8ee559ac6046?msgId=07bd1528-79bf-459d-bb03-7b4f5b893f7f

Please read the entire page.

Edited by Julia G, 04 November 2012 - 05:01 AM.

#3 hamluis



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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:47 AM

<<Is HomeGroup the only way to share files over a network?>>

No, it is not.

Homegroup is the more secure way (requiring specific authorized access and psssword), but all systems using it must be Win 7. To share files with XP (which I do), I basically followed the proceures described at http://tr1x.com/how-to-share-files-folders-windows-7-without-homegroups.html , although I just stubled around until I did pretty much as described :).

Since you have 2 Win 7 systems...I believe that you have a choice to use Homegroup or simple networking with file sharing.


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